By Matt O'Bryant
What's up guys and gals,
Here is everything we found out from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens global press conference earlier today according to TVGUIDE.COM. Warning! There are some spoilers below, some minor and some a little bit bigger, but no huge spoilers in my opinion. You've been warned though, so read at your own risk.
1. Don't stay after the credits: Abrams himself promises that all of the scenes from the movie are actually in the movie and there's no reason for you to stay 10 minutes after the film. You're welcome for the pro tip.
2. There's no Jar Jar Binks or Ewoks in this one: "Jar Jar is definitely not in the movie. Ewoks are not in the movie," producer Kathleen Kennedy confirms. "That's because Harrison [Ford] insisted upon it."
3. Captain Phasma's costume was originally supposed to be Kylo Ren's: Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) was the hardest character to name and dress, according to Abrams. However, the many drafts of Kylo's look actually led to the costume for another new favorite character.
"I don't know how many hundreds or thousands of iterations and different versions of it there were [but] through that process, Captain Phasma's costume was designed," he said. "It was originally pitched as Kylo Ren's costume, but didn't work for story reasons."
4. Princess Leia, according to Carrie Fisher: Carrie Fisher has a lot of things to say about Princess/General Leia in the new film, especially about the character's look. She describes her hairstyle as "like a baboon's ass" and her new wardrobe, "like a classy gas station attendant outfit."
If that doesn't sound appealing, Fisher does agree that Leia is a feminist icon. "I am the beginning of girl power. Deal with it!" she says. "I was the only girl on an all boys' set the first go round. ... This time [Daisy Ridley] is the physical power and I just yell at all the men until they pass out."
5. The movie wants to celebrate the original trilogy without repeating them:Abrams was very adamant that while he wanted to honor the original films that have impacted so many people, Episode VII is a new story and its main job is to push the saga forward.
"What do we want to feel? What do we want people to feel when they come to this movie? The answer was the sense of discovery, exhilaration, discovery, the surprise and the comedy that George [Lucas] put into Star Wars," he says about the thought process when he was beginning to write the film. "That being said, this is not a nostalgia trip."
6. Kylo Ren is not strictly a villain: Of many of the new characters, a lot of intrigue surrounds Kylo Ren. The first trailers for the film show him pretty firmly aligned with the Dark Side, but Driver and writer Lawrence Kasdan reveal that there is a lot more ambiguity to Kylo's motives in the film.
"We tried not to think of him as bad or evil or as a villain, but more three-dimensional. In the beginning, that, to me, seemed more terrifying in someone, having a justifiable reason for doing whatever he's doing," Driver says.
"There's never been a character like Kylo in the saga. He doesn't have all of his sh-- together," Kasdan elaborates. "Adam acts it so beautifully. You watch thinking he's some evil genius, but you see all the contradictions of [that]."
7. Finn is everyone's dream Star Wars role: If you're one of those people who can't decide if you are on the Light or Dark Side and wish you could do a bit everything in the Star Wars universe, then Finn, the unmasked stormtrooper is probably the guy to be. John Boyega agrees that getting to do so many iconic things is beyond a dream come true.
"[Using the Skywalker legacy lightsaber] was really exciting for me because blue really suits me," he jokes. "I wondered if J.J. Abrams knew what kind of fan I was and wrote this role for me because I get to wear a stormtrooper outfit, wear a rebel jacket, use a lightsaber' and hang out with freakin' Han Solo and Chewie."
8. Poe's deepest connection in the film is with BB-8: There's also a lot of mystery surrounding Oscar Isaac's character Poe. Still, he was willing to let everyone at the press conference know that he does get really close to someone - or some droid - in the movie.
"[The chemistry] is mostly with BB-8. It's 'interdroid.' There's a real warmth there. There's a real give and take," Isaac says. "That's who's got his back in the X-Wing. So if there's any romance for Poe, it's with those two little balls."
9. Expect more from Captain Phasma in the future: The cast members have all been very careful not to spoil any big surprises in the movie for fans. In that spirit, Gwendoline Christie isn't giving away specifics, but she gives the impression that Captain Phasma's story may continue past Episode VII - even if she's vague about it. "To not risk ruining everything for everyone, it's interesting to see where my character may go," she teases.
10. The Force Awakens is like coming home: The only person fans trust more than George Lucas when it comes to Star Wars is Harrison Ford. What does he say about returning to the franchise?
"I'm aware of the value that's placed on these films by the audience and I'm gratified that they've been passed on. We've been passed on generationally through families and there's still an audience for those of us that were in the original film. There's still some value in them interpreting life somehow," he says. "It's hard to say what the difference is. It feels familiar. It feels good. It's good to be home, as Han says in the trailer."
Some really interesting things we learned about the film, i'm very surprised about the post credits thing, which I thought would be a given. While I'm not suprised about the Captain Phasma thing, i'm a bit shocked they came out and told the world about her before the premiere. At the time of this post we are officially one week away from the premiere of the film and 10 days until its official release.
We also have a slide show of all the photos we found of the press conference earlier today for you to check out below.
Leave us your thoughts on these 10 things we learned from the global press conference via the good people over at TVGUIDE.COM.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18th.
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