Who J.J. Abrams Really Wants To See Direct An Upcoming Star Wars Movie

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Ava DuVernay Wouldn’t Make a Marvel Movie, but Maybe Star Wars?.

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) — Jar Jar Binks, a goofy amphibious character who irritated many Star Wars fans in the 1999 film The Phantom Menace, will not appear in the new movie The Force Awakens, producer Kathleen Kennedy said.

The 73-year-old actor is matter-of-fact about almost everything involving the sci-fi series’ latest episode – from his reunion with Carrie Fisher (“It was no big deal”) to the franchise’s unwavering popularity (“For me, it’s old news”). “The new, young actors Daisy Ridley and John Boyaga were well-cast, well-directed and are huge talents,” he said, his gritty voice lifting, during a recent interview.“Spielberg had a Super 8 camera when he was little—I had a doll,” Ava DuVernay told us this week, shortly after getting her first look at her very own Barbie doll.“The knee-jerk reaction, if I had to, is Ava DuVernay, who I think would just kill it,” Abrams said in an interview with Nerdist‘s Dan Casey when asked which female writer/director he would choose to tackle the franchise. “She is as much a fan of genre movies, and hearing her talk about not just ‘Star Wars,’ but hearing her talk about those kinds of films is evidence that she would just kill it.Over the years, though, Harrison Ford has never been entirely at ease with his place in the “Star Wars” universe and the intense fan adoration that goes with it. The filmmakers have declined to share much about what audiences will see when Force Awakens opens in theaters on December 18 (December 17 in the Philippines), but Kennedy did answer a question at a news conference about what is not in the film.

A former publicist and indie filmmaker who broke through big time with Selma, DuVernay isn’t the typical movie brat in the model of Steven Spielberg or George Lucas, especially when compared to J.J. Audiences of the new film also won’t see any Ewoks, the furry creatures from 1983’s Return of the Jedi, Kennedy said. “That’s because Harrison insisted on it,” she joked, referring to Harrison Ford, who returns to play Han Solo in Force Awakens. Even then, given the success that surrounded the release of the first movie, this is a level of excitement and, it’s fair to say, merchandising genius, that I have not seen before. Screenwriter and producer Lawrence Kasdan says that Episode VIII director Rian Johnson will make “some weird thing,” which suggests an embrace of different points of view; then again, Star Wars is as valuable a franchise as Marvel, if not more, and DuVernay or anyone else would be unlikely to make a film that was entirely his or her vision.

And if I appear to be having too good a time from time to time, it’s because I don’t know how to stay up late and because the [late-night talk show] hosts are really good at what they do. For a long time, it seemed like you felt detached from “Star Wars” and all the insanity around it and fought on some level against how associated you were with Han Solo. But if we spend all our time talking about me in the past, we’ll never get to talk about this movie. [pauses] I was never comfortable with talking about it. But this was very ambitious — correctly ambitious in every sense. [Director] J.J. [Abrams] is a hard-working, highly skilled filmmaker. [Co-writer] Larry Kasdan is back to give us access to the tablets that came down off the mountain, as it were. Given everything you, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher went through after the original “Star Wars,” it must be interesting for the three of you to watch what that young cast is going through now.

I’m both very happy for them and I hope that they’ll be as happy for themselves once they get it all figured out. [laughs] Because it takes a while. Yeah, I mean, you dress up in those clothes and you look over your shoulder and there’s a guy in a dog suit and you kind of remember what the drill is. But there were also some interesting new aspects to the character given the passage of time, and they figured out some very interesting things for us to do. Watching them lose their minds, seeing people weeping when you say “Chewie, we’re home” in the trailer — has it hit you in a different way what “Star Wars” means to people? And I have to put that down to the fact that these films have been passed down through families to succeeding generations — and there have been a couple.

And so there’s this broad awareness, this cultural — and I mean this to be in quotations — “significance.” There’s this community experience that is the reference for this enthusiasm. No, I just don’t trust old airplanes that much anymore. [laughs] Other than that, in the words of my philosopher friend Jimmy Buffett, [expletive] happens. Each circumstance is different according to the people involved, the temperature of the world you’re releasing the film into, your own affinity for the material, where you are in the breadth of your capacity to be useful.

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