So today seems to be huge in terms of Star Wars news. In addition to the whole slew of stills released by EW there has been a lot of details revealed about the upcoming film and some more information about how the film got put into J.J. Abrams hands.
It is well known that it took a lot of convincing for Abrams to join the project. He was not confident in the project until the story of Luke Skywalker was brought up. Kathleen Kennedy was determined to have him come on board to helm the first film in this new continuing universe of films.
Kathleen Kennedy recalls:
Abrams also explains that his wife helped to convince him to take on this project:
In addition to Abrams apprehension from jumping on the project we also learn a lot about the story and some of the characters from the film. It is now confirmed that the lightsaber that is handed to Leia in the trailer is the same lightsaber that Luke lost when Darth Vader cut off his hand in Empire Strikes Back.
In addition to all of this information we got some really interesting bits of character description of Kylo Ren.
It has been revealed that he only got his name after joining the “Knights of Ren” and that he is obsessed with Darth Vader.
Abrams explained the reason for Ren’s mask and the connection to Lord Vader:
The reason behind the design of the lightsaber is also mentioned:
All of these details are very exciting for fans of the Star Wars franchise and there are some major hints at what The Force Awakens has in store. As a Star Wars fan I couldn’t be more excited for the release of the film and all of these new details answer some questions, while raising many new ones.
Are you at all excited for the new film? Are you happy to see some of your favorite characters back on the screen alongside new characters? Let us know in the comments.