Star Wars: The Force Awakens is one of the most anticipated film releases in years. It’s the first theatrically released live-action Star Wars film since 2005, it reunites cast members in classic roles they haven’t played since 1983, and continues the story of the Star Wars universe even though many assumed that it was finished after the release of the first six “episodes.” With the way that most modern, big budget blockbusters tend to work today, it shouldn’t be all that surprising that spoilers and plot details will leak out ahead of time, and the one man who likely has those things on his mind the most is the film’s director, JJ Abrams.
Abrams, who made a name for himself in creating lasting TV series like “Lost” and in successfully relaunching the Star Trek franchise on the big screen, has always said that he’s primarily a fan of George Lucas’ galaxy far, far away. Now that he’s the custodian of the film’s first major release in a decade, and given his dedication to secrecy on previous projects, the director seems to have a rather lighthearted attitude toward any details that have leaked out about his latest film.
In a discussion with BBC News, Abrams was directly asked about the problem of spoilers relating to the new Star Wars film, and had this to say:
There are a ton of rumors — some true, some false. But I’m grateful for everyone who would want to read a spoiler because it means that they care and want to see the movie. I know what it feels like, as an enormous Star Wars fan myself.
Abrams was hosting the Oscar Wilde awards in Los Angeles, where actress Carrie Fisher was being honored. Fisher reprises her star-making role as Princess Leia Organa in The Force Awakens, reuniting her with Harrison Ford as Han Solo and Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker. It’s interesting to see Abrams react so modestly to spoilers, considering that he generally maintains a high level of secrecy on his projects — sometimes to a fault. For instance, in regards to keeping the identity of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Khan a secret before the release of 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness, Abrams later stated that the high level of secrecy ended up being more of a hindrance than a help to the final film.
While it doesn’t seem like any major plot details about The Force Awakens have leaked out, it’s interesting to see the director acknowledge that some of the rumors floating around are true. Either way, though, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will likely be one of the biggest blockbusters of 2015 when it’s finally released on December 18th. For more on the new Star Wars film as it develops, keep a tab open to GeekNation!
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