J.J. Abrams talks about Luke Skywalker’s absence from latest ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ trailer; says it is ‘no accident’
When a new Star Wars promotional material comes out, expect it to be big. No, scratch that. Expect it to be HUGE! The latest trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was so huge, in fact, that fans have started analysing it bit by bit and even wreaked some havoc after noticing that one of their favourite original trilogy characters, Luke Skywalker, was visibly missing from it (and also from the poster). While netizens have said their piece, what does director J.J. Abrams had to say?
Associated Press caught up with J.J. Abrams during a red carpet event and asked his frantically, “No Luke! Where’s Luke? What happened? What does that mean?” As expected, the director did not really answer the question but dropped a very hopeful, “These are the questions to be asking. I can’t wait for you to find out the answer.”
Because his answer was obviously very vague, the interviewer had to clarify if there is indeed a good reason for the protagonist’s absence in both trailer and poster. Abrams again teases, “It’s no accident.”
The director also shared about the progress of the film. He says the final cut may be done already but visual effects won’t be long after that. He adds that scoring is yet to be laid out by John Williams, whom he calls a god of music.
Whatever Luke Skywalker’s fate is in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the movie has undeniably attracted a lot of attention already. Variety reported that sales records have been shattered, which is an amazing feat, given the movie won’t be releasing for at least a month and a half. It was also said that ticket sales site Fandango crashed minutes after reservations were open.
Abrams cannot help but feel overwhelmed about all these. He shares that some people who have never even been Star Wars fans are now excited to see episode seven. He attributes this to the great job that cast and crew have poured into the filming.
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” premieres on Dec. 18.
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