J.J. Abrams Talks Making New 'Star Wars' Sequel 'Real' and 'Authentic'
There's still no official news coming from Disney or Bad Robot regarding Star Wars: Episode VII, but thankfully, EW recently sat down with director J.J. Abrams to discuss his company's forthcoming Fox sci-fi series "Almost Human" starring Star Trek franchise star Karl Urban. He didn't divulge any plot details or any secrets of the first part of a new trilogy, but he did talk about his approach to the films as far as style goes. When asked what film from the saga best exemplifies his sequel, Abrams says, "Impossible for me to say because it’s going to be an evolving thing. I would say we are working really hard to make a movie that feels as emotional and authentic and exciting as possible." That sounds like a good start to me. Read on!
The best thing Abrams says is that he has a desire to make it feel real. And we're not talking about a gritty, Christopher Nolan approach to Star Wars necessarily. We'll let Abrams explain:
"I remember reading a thing somewhere, someone wrote about just wanting [the new film] to feel real; to feel authentic. I remember I felt that way when I was 11 years old when I saw the first one. As much of a fairy tale as it was, it felt real. And to me, that is exactly right.”
That's one of the best ways to describe how many people feel about Star Wars. Abrams notes, "It’s been nice to see how important it is and to be reminded how important it is to so many people. We all know that [creator George Lucas'] dream has become almost a religion to some people." On some levels that's sad, and it's almost unfair of everyone to expect Abrams to deliver exactly what they think Star Wars: Episode VII should be. However, his note about people wanting it to feel real makes perfect sense. The original saga had so many practical effects and a grounded approach to sci-fi that it felt like this story really did unfold a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. That's something that was missing from the prequels, along with quality writing, acting, and some semblance of a story worthy of the original trilogy. But that's not all.
It wouldn't be a new day without more names taking meetings for roles in in the sequel. But today the news comes with a bit of diversity. Latino Review has word that David Oyelowo (Jack Reacher, Red Tails) and Michael B. Jordan (Chronicle, Fruitvale Station) have taken meetings for the film. In fact, Jordan is said to have personally met with J.J. Abrams. And we've heard that this isn't the first time Jordan has met with Bad Robot for a role. However, it's not clear what character he might play. But considering the obvious, it's pretty much a guarantee he won't be the offspring of any of the main characters from the original trilogy. Could he be part of Mace Windu's family line? Probably not. Anyway, everyone in town is taking meetings for Star Wars, so there's no telling who will end up with parts until Disney announces their cast.