Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Daisy Ridley & John Boyega Finally Saw the Movie …

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A wretched hive of villainy: new Star Wars film to feature ‘cantina’ scene.

Through all the previews, female character Rey (Daisy Ridley) has been at the center of the action along with male characters in the movie “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Now “Star Wars” director J.J. Los Angeles — If the teasers, trailers and hints haven’t sated your appetite for all things Star Wars in advance of the latest entry in the franchise, then it’s time to tap into the force of fan films.The new Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens, will feature a “nostalgic” scene which pays tribute to the classic episode at the Mos Eisley cantina on Tatooine, according to director JJ Abrams. The trio last played their classic parts in 1983’s Return Of The Jedi. “They don’t want to hire all of me – only about three-quarters!” Fisher said in an interview with Good Housekeeping, adding that she was pressured into shedding 35lb (16kg) for her return as Leia. “Nothing changes, it’s an appearance-driven thing,” Fisher continued. “I’m in a business where the only thing that matters is weight and appearance. You’ve got to give them credit for piecing together trailer hints into logical themes, pulling off low-budget special effects, and acting in generally cheesy fashion.

The collaboration was sparked after the director went to see Miranda’s award-winning musical Hamilton in New York. “I go to see it with our son, and at intermission, Lin-Manuel Miranda — who wrote it, conceived it and normally stars in it — comes up to me,” said Abrams. “My mind is blown because he’s so brilliant, and he says, ‘Hey, if you need music for the cantina, I’ll write it.’” Abrams said he was amazed that Miranda had guessed at the inclusion of the scene, which had not been made public. As noted by Abrams himself, the traditional thinking is that “Star Wars,” comic books, and science fiction or fantasy in general has been the domain of men. “’Star Wars’… was always a boy’s thing and a movie that dads could take their sons to,” he said when making his hopeful comments about mothers and their daughters attending the film. In it, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness) walk into a bar populated by assorted humans and aliens; Skywalker is threatened by a hideously featured humanoid, and the pair eventually meet Harrison Ford’s Han Solo, who takes them off the world.

A strong candidate for The Force Awakens’ “cantina” scene is an episode expected to take place at a castle owned by Maz Kanata, a CGI alien pirate played by Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o via motion capture. While this perception that fantasy or science fiction is a boys’ game continues in some circles, the numbers haven’t borne this out for some time. For “Star Wars” itself, the opening weekend audience for the previous new “Star Wars” film, “Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith,” was 58 percent male, just a bit over half. Alongside the returning trio of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, the film’s cast includes Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o and Andy Serkis.

It’s a real big movie, and I was delighted to see it.” Ford said the older version of Solo had “a more complex story now, a little more of an emotional context than perhaps there was before,” but said the sardonic space smuggler was “still the same guy”. Sci-fi and fantasy fans will no doubt appreciate Abrams’ comments as acknowledging a reality that already exists: many moviegoers are going to see these stories, not just the demographic often called “fanboys.”

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