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JJ Abrams reveals more Star Wars: The Force Awakens plot details

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Story by Jack Foley

JJ Abrams has been letting slip some more plot and character details about Star Wars: The Force Awakens… all teasers designed to whet the appetite even more.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly (in which several new images were included) the director talked about Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren and Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker and the central question under-pinning the movie.

Taking the latter issue first, Abrams told EW that it was a desire to tell Luke Skywalker’s story that inspired him to take on The Force Awakens once Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy had posed the question: “Who is Luke Skywalker?”

The US magazine goes on to hint that the former Jedi master could be a very different man from the young Knight we last saw in Return of the Jedi, with Kennedy stating: “The themes and ideas that we all continue to talk about are the themes and ideas that were the inherent in the original movies.

“We’re looking, obviously, for aspiration, for characters who are conflicted between good and evil, dark and light.”

One of those characters, Kylo Ren, will be the enigma at the centre of this struggle,

A crossguard lightsaber-wielding frontman for the new First Order, the political and military faction that sprung from the ashes of the evil empire, Ren is also described as a Darth Vader obsessive whose black cloak and face mask are intended to remind viewers of the evil Sith Lord once known as Anakin Skywalker.

“The movie explains the origins of the mask and where it’s from, but the design was meant to be a nod to the Vader mask,” said Abrams. “[Ren] is well aware of what’s come before, and that’s very much a part of the story of the film.”

It is also hinted that Ren’s journey in the film could manifest itself as a cracked mirror image of Luke Skywalker’s path towards becoming a Jedi in the past trilogy, with the character yet to realise his full powers in The Force Awakens.

And that’s not even getting into the teaser question Abrams also posed about Ren’s name not being real… the revelation of which could already subconsciously be known to Star Wars afficionados…

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