On Friday the new issue of Entertainment Weekly will hit the stands. In it will be a feature on the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens, possibly the final in-depth piece till the movie opens next month. And even though it’s still Thursday, EW has released never-before-seen images from the film.
To get so many new images this close to the release is great because we actually get information on the plot we didn’t know before. We get a backstory for Daisy Ridley’s character Rey (could she be Han and Leia’s daughter?), we learn about Finn and Poe Dameron’s first encounter and even a bit about that much-hyped confrontation in the forest where villain Kylo Ren breaks out that much-debated three-pronged lightsaber.
Here’s an excerpt on Rey from the cover story:
Rey was ditched on Jakku by her family when she was a child and has no idea why — or why they never returned. “She’s been alone for a long time,” Ridley says. “When something occurs when you’re 5, you know what went on but you don’t understand the reasoning. She’s hopeful for what lies ahead, whether that involves the past or not.” So why hasn’t abandonment made her bitter, angry, and… prone to the Dark Side? “Hope makes people good, a lot of the time,” Ridley says. “You hope for a brighter future, and resentment is outweighed.”
The Force Awakens production designer Darren Gilford also had a few notable tidbits to share about Rey’s vehicle, “a beat-up tractor that’s a hand-me-down or scavenged item.”
We don’t really know much about Adam Driver’s villainous Kylo Ren, so hearing something about the character that is not the usual revenge-for-Vader spin is intriguing. This is what Driver had to say about Kylo’s motivations:
“When you break all of those things down, really it’s just because someone wasn’t loved enough or felt betrayed. That’s what makes those movies so universal. I think they can get in your mind in big and sweeping ways.”
Speaking about the iconic rogue Han Solo, star Harrison Ford revealed, “No, there’s not an abandoning of the character. He does not aspire to the position of Obi-‘Ben’ Kenobi, nor do I aspire to be some New Age Alec Guinness. His development is consistent with the character, and there are emotional elements which have occasioned his growth. We spend a lot more time [in the movie] on his failure to master basic skills, like accounting. And accounting for his own behaviour. There’s a lot of the rogue still left in Solo. Some things don’t change. … [Thirty-two] years is going to put some rings on the tree, some experience in the bank. You might make an elaborate conjecture [about who Solo is now], but I think we answer that question in the film. It’s best left answered there.
And what about that rumoured fifth Indiana Jones movie Steven Spielberg seems so keen on suddenly?
“Oh, yeah. Yeah, I’d love to do another Indiana Jones. A character that has a history and a potential, kind of a rollicking good movie ride for the audience, Steven Spielberg as a director — what’s not to like?”
We also get a glimpse of how a potentially great friendship is birthed. Looks like Finn and Poe Dameron are on the same ship when Poe makes an escape after being tortured by Kylo Ren and Finn has a change of heart about being a stormtrooper.