In a massive article, Rolling Stone unveils new images from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as well as quotes from exclusive interviews with the cast and crew.
Rolling Stone Magazine has unveiled a rather large and in-depth article, which covers all new information and photos from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The piece starts with Mark Hamill commenting on the state of our world: “Between the Middle East and gun violence and global warming and racism, it’s just horrible. And people need this. It’s therapeutic.” He’s not wrong. With all the atrocities happening around the globe, a new Star Wars film (which is pretty much universally loved) good be the perfect balm that starts the healing…what better way to bring people together, than a film we all love and enjoy?
The piece continues with a quote from The Force Awakens director, J.J. Abrams:
"“With any movie that ends with going off in the sunset and a celebratory moment, you can ask, ‘Well, what happened the day after?’ Then decades go past. We were literally asking, ‘Well, what happened to the disbanded Empire? What happened to the Republic?'”"
Then there’s the young stars — the newcomers, if you will — Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), and Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma). With Ridley and Boyega being the two newcomers who have been in front of the public the most — doing interviews and attending conventions — fans are really beginning to connect with the newest Star Wars films.
J.J. Abrams has his thoughts on the newcomers, and enjoys the speculation about the lineage of these characters. Especially in the case of Boyega and Ridley, where fans have speculated that Finn is a Calrissian and Rey is a Skywalker. Rolling Stone notes here that Abrams has said that he wrote the characters without any race in mind and that the likeliness that either of those characters are actually who Star Wars fans are speculating them to be, is quite low.
As mentioned, this Rolling Stone coverage is rather large and quite extensive, and if you want to see more photos and even more information, then head over there and check it out…it’s a neat look into The Force Awakens. There is one more story, however, that I want to touch on, and that’s Harrison Ford’s return to the saga that made him famous.
Harrison Ford is rather shockingly 73 years old…and he doesn’t look a day over 60. The man who was Han Solo talked to Rolling Stone about what it meant for him to once again strap that DL-44 Heavy Blaster on his hip.
"“I never knew what it was going to be like in my seventies,” he says. “I mean, when I look in the mirror, I still see brown hair.”"
See, I told you he looks much younger than he actually is.
It’s here that Ford addresses the now legendary story of him wanting Han Solo killed in Return of the Jedi.
"“I didn’t have the imagination to recognize the future potential for the character. I was only going to do three of them, so I wanted to use the character to supply some bass notes, some gravitas. I thought to continue to be the wise-cracking cynic was not, perhaps . . .but if they’d done that then, I wouldn’t have this experience, which I think is worthy.”"
Photo by David James, via Rolling Stone
I’ve got to say, the feeling I get at reading a screen legend like Harrison Ford, talk about the glory days of Star Wars, and then the future of the franchise, is a nice and warm one. The Rolling Stone The Force Awakens spread will hit stores on December 17…which, by the way, is the first day of the worldwide theatrical debut of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.