We recently brought you news that director/writer/podcaster Kevin Smith visited the Star Wars: Episode VII set. Just today, we’re receiving word that he’s confirmed one small piece of the upcoming sequel’s story – via a somewhat tenuous work-around his NDA with Lucasfilm/Disney.
Here’s the story from Flickering Myth:
Smith noted that he had signed a non-disclosure agreement, so he couldn’t talk any specifics, but he did say that he saw costumes, characters, and sets that took him back to his childhood.
“They had a sign at on the stage – I can’t even say which stage – which had the Imperial Starship logo, and it said, ‘Loose lips sink starships.’
“I’m really excited, and, you know, people keep saying that I liked the last trilogy, and I did. I liked [Episodes] I, II, and III. But I liked them as an adult; when I watched them, they didn’t give me the same feeling I had when I was seven watching them for the first time, and that’s fine. This movie, though… dude, I cried four times. The seven-year-old in me came. [J.J. Abrams] has f*cking captured it, man. He has nailed it.”
Due to the non-disclosure agreement, Smith couldn’t say much more, but he gave his co-host, Ralph Garman, a pad with some words to read out, which he then nodded to in agreement. When asked, “Did you see Stormtroopers?” Smith nodded his head with the biggest smile on his face.
Smith also confirmed lightsabers and blasters, but that was pretty much a given.
Stormtroopers in the sequel trilogy? While not surprising, it is somewhat dubious news; will writers Abrams and Larry Kasdan manage to break free from the creative well that was the previous trilogy, or will they be doomed to endlessly circle it?
We’ll see shortly enough…
The still-untitled Star Wars: Episode VII hits theaters on December 18, 2015. It stars returning cast members Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels, and Kenny Baker and newcomers John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Max von Sydow, Adam Driver, and Andy Serkis.