Star Wars is finally upon us and for the next few weeks media coverage will only intensify. But the mood was light and playful at the official Star Wars press conference, with the word fun on everyone’s lips. First though, the participants told the assembled media exactly what they wanted to hear: “Jar Jar is definitely not in the movie” proclaimed producer Kathleen Kennedy, to rousing cheers. Director JJ Abrams got the biggest response when asked if Ewoks, the beloved fur balls from Return of the Jedi, would return: “Living?” he deadpanned to gasps, before the audience realized he was joking. “Listen, if a man can’t joke among friends…”

Star Wars: The Force Awakens..L to R: Director/Producer/Screenwriter J.J. Abrams and Producer Kathleen Kennedy..Ph: David James..? 2015 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Right Reserved.
J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy. Credit: David James

It’s difficult to imagine any actor turning down the role, but panel host Mindy Kaling asked Harrison Ford why he returned. “It’s what’s fun for me,” said Han Solo, “doing something that I thought was going to be fun, and which actually turned out to be fun.” And if there was any doubt, he later continued “It’s been fun to play with these toys again.”

On the subject of toys, actor John Boyega who plays stormtrooper Finn, mentioned that he returned to appear in character in the Disney Infinity game. “To be a playbook character, I get to play with myself. It’s been amazing. It’s been fun.”

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April 29th, Pinewood Studios, UK ? Writer/Director/Producer J.J. Abrams (top center right) at the cast read-through of Star Wars: Episode VII at Pinewood Studios with (clockwise from right) Harrison Ford, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Producer Bryan Burk, Lucasfilm President and Producer Kathleen Kennedy, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Andy Serkis, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Adam Driver and Writer Lawrence Kasdan...Ph: David James..? Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved
Credit: David James

Screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, who worked on Episodes V and VI (The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi) touched on the intense secrecy which has surrounded the entire production. Many fans have speculated that the canon would drive the plot of the new movie, Episode VII. But nope, fun. “We just said, we can do anything we want with this story. What would be the most fun thing to do on this page, and the next page, and the page after that? And that was sort of the guiding principle, I think, more than the canon or anything that had come before.”

 

Leave it to Carrie Fisher–the beloved Princess Leia–to provide the most fun of the day. When asked if Leia has a sense of humor she said “She would have to. Wearing those hairpieces and you know, I do have now a baboon ass hairstyle. And I mean that with love. And so you need a sense of humor for that sort of thing. It keeps it lively and fun when you’re getting shot at and everything.”

 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens..Ph: Film Frame..? 2014 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Right Reserved..

Star Wars opens in the United States on December 17th.

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18 comments

  1. This had to be so much fun to attend the Star Wars Press Conference. My bother mother have always been big fans of Star War movies. Me not so much. I will have to see this movie though to see if it brings back memories from years and year ago. I guess back than I loved the movie. Thanks for sharing the experience.

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