In a recent article with Empire Magazine, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy confirmed the existence of the very first flashback in Star Wars cinematic history.
Empire Magazine recently revealed its six cover Star Wars: The Force Awakens spread, featuring never before seen photos and interviews with the cast and crew of the film. As part of that coverage, the magazine interviewed Lucasfilm President and Producer of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Kathleen Kennedy. In the interview, Kennedy refers to a scene at night, at the Pinewood Studios location, where Kylo and the Knights of Ren are filming a dark and rainy scene.
Kennedy calls the scene a “Force Back” which is an obvious play on words which refers to a flashback. According to Star Wars Underworld, in this scene, the Knights of Ren have attacked a village where they believe a powerful Jedi artifact is being held. The scene is supposed to be part of Maz Kanata’s castle scenes, where she takes Han, Finn, Rey and BB-8 down into her castle’s catacombs to tell them…or show them a story. It’s here where the events between the time of Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens are connected.
If this rumor from SWU holds true, and it coincides with what Kathleen Kennedy is talking about the “Force Back” then this will in fact be the first ever flashback in the Star Wars cinematic universe. There have been Force Premonitions shown in Empire Strikes Back, while Luke is training with Yoda, and in the Prequels Anakin Skywalker is given Force Visions of Padme dying, but there has never been a true flashback.
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This would be a perfect way to connect The Force Awakens to the Original Trilogy, without spending a ton of time trying to explain everything of non-importance. In fact, if one thinks about it, it is really quite genius on J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy’s part. You can buy the Empire Magazine’s complete Star Wars coverage by visiting THIS LINK, and remember, Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters — in less than three weeks — worldwide on December 17 and 18…as if you needed any reminding.