Star Wars: The Force Awakens: JJ Abrams explains what’s in a name

13 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

New ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ images released.

Yeah, they may sound a little like John Travolta announcing people at the Oscars, but that’s their magic. Long before we laid eyes on the face of Kylo Ren, our eyes flickered with the fire of his weapon: that scarlet lightsaber with the distinctive laser crossguard at the hilt and a volatile, sparking blade.The pictures mostly show the new stars in costume, including villains General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson), Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie), as well as heroes Finn (John Boyega) and Rey (Daisy Ridley).Star Wars: The Force Awakens doesn’t hit theaters until Dec. 18, but Entertainment Weekly has exclusive new photos that raise more questions about the plot of the film. The juiciest bit is this – according to the magazine: ‘The Empire has morphed into a junta known as The First Order, while X-Wing pilots like Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron now fly for a splinter group known as the Resistance. ‘Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) has come into possession of the lightsaber once possessed by her father, Darth Vader, and later lost by Luke (Mark Hamill) when Vader separated him from his arm during that “join me” duel in The Empire Strikes Back.’

Luke Skywalker is an obvious one: The last name is a bit on the nose for a tale about space adventure, but “Luke” also comes from the Latin lucere, which means light (although, remember, the devil started out as Lucifer). Darth Vader, famously, comes from a variation on “dark” and the Dutch word for “father.” Han Solo, well… It suggested a roguish, loner quality, even if the smuggler was kind of a gadabout. At the start, he revealed something unexpected about the new villain played by Adam Driver – Kylo Ren is a name the character “came to” when he joined an order called the Knights of Ren.

That much remains unclear, although he seems to be a Vader obsessive, with an appearance influenced by that dark lord of the Sith who met his demise long before Ren’s birth. “The movie explains the origins of the mask and where it’s from, but the design was meant to be a nod to the Vader mask,” Abrams tells EW. “[Ren] is well aware of what’s come before, and that’s very much a part of the story of the film.” As for his weapon of choice, Abrams can confirm what many suspected: it’s a tool he crafted all by his lonesome. “The lightsaber is something that he built himself, and is as dangerous and as fierce and as ragged as the character,” Abrams says. When Abrams first revealed the names of his new characters, by way of mocked-up Topps trading cards last December, two were notable for being… singular. Abrams isn’t ready to reveal their full identities, but did confirm that this theory was getting warm. “I will only say about that that it is completely intentional that their last names aren’t public record,” he says. Abrams hesitates before saying too much. “As you see in the best of storytelling, and no doubt the best of Star Wars, these are tales in which an everyperson has to step up. And I think that what makes Ren so unique is that he isn’t as fully formed as when we meet a character such as Darth Vader,” Abrams says. “And I think that there are two sides to the Force.

EW released this image already of Rey cutting BB-8 free from the net of a fellow scavenger in the dunes of Jakku, and here’s what Abrams was able to share about that shot: BB-8 was snagged by a surly little sand-dweller known as Teedo, who is riding atop what looks like a rhinoceros fused with metal boxes. I think you’re going to see something that’s brand new to the saga.” What sets him apart? “He’s full of emotion,” Kasdan says. “No matter how we express ourselves in the world, whether we hide it and act very calm or whether we’re very out there and demonstrative, everybody’s roiling with emotion.

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