‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’: J.J. Abrams on R2-D2 and Kylo Ren

By Kitin Miranda | 1 year ago
‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’: J.J. Abrams on R2-D2 and Kylo Ren
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After years of waiting, and after months of teaser trailers, interviews and teaser posters, “Star Wars: Episode VII-The Force Awakens” was released to much aplomb and praise. It also surprised audiences with several revelations, while leaving some questions unanswered. Thankfully, director JJ Abrams finally was able to talk a little bit about the film, and revealed several interesting points regarding two characters in the film. WARNING: Major spoilers on “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” up ahead.

The “Star Wars” franchise is finally back, as its latest installment, “Star Wars-Episode VII: The Force Awakens” premiered last December 17, 2015. The film was warmly received and highly praised, and managed to answer some burning questions that fans had, while still leaving out enough for the next two films to explore.

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However, now that “The Force Awakens” has finally been released, director JJ Abrams recently decided to talk to both Entertainment Weekly and IGN regarding two characters in the film that a lot of people are talking about- Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and everyone’s favorite droid, R2-D2.

By now, almost everyone who has seen the film has discovered that Kylo Ren is none other than Ben Solo, Han Solo’s (Harrison Ford) and General Leia Organa’s (Carrie Fisher) son, who turned to the Dark Side after being trained by Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) in the ways of the Force.

A recent interview that Abrams had with IGN clarified the fact that Kylo Ren does idolize his grandfather, as Darth Vader, and completely believes in what Vader stood for, and what he believed in.

Abrams also mentioned that Kylo Ren believes that Vader had failed due to the fact that he turned to the Light side of the Force at the very last minute. This same “internal conflict”, however, is also very much present in the young man.

Abrams then capped his interview off by stating that Kylo Ren does have a lot of power and potential, but is still confused and misguided, like most youths his age are.

Abrams, in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, talked about the appearances of both R2-D2 and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) towards the end of the film.

He mentioned that the search for Luke became the MacGuffin for the film, which worked, as they were able to concentrate on the other key characters and the new characters in the franchise during the search.

R2-D2’s own re-emergence, which was followed by Rey (Daisy Ridley) finding Luke, was an interesting piece of “emotional storytelling”. It worked as they were truly able to build up the anticipation that R2-D2 would wake up, and that they would find Luke in the end.

Ultimately, it was BB-8 who managed to wake R2-D2 up by talking to him about the map that R2-D2 had.

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Also, revealing the map was a nice nod to “A New Hope”, as the droid had gotten the map of the old Jedi Temples from the data banks of the Empire, just like he accessed their data banks while trying to locate Leia when she was held captive by the Empire.

Are you excited for “Star Wars-Episode VIII” and “Star Wars: Rogue One”? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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Kitin Miranda enjoys writing, learning new things, telling stories, and doing theater. When she is not busy with her many projects, she can be found reading a good book, writing poetry or fiction, updating her blog, discovering new food places around her neighborhood, or watching American or Asian TV shows.