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Star Wars is more than a movie, it’s a religion: JJ Abrams

Star Wars: The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams says that the series is more like a religion.

hollywood Updated: May 03, 2017 18:04 IST
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In this March 2, 2017 photo, director-producer J.J. Abrams poses for a portrait to promote The Play That Goes Wrong at the Lyceum Theatre in New York.(Christopher Smith/Invision/AP)

Director JJ Abrams says that for Star Wars’ rabid fanbase, the epic space opera franchise is a religion.

While speaking at the Milen Global conference in Beverly Hills alongside Jon Favreau, Abrams said managing fans’ expectations can be difficult, reported The Wrap.

“Star Wars isn’t a movie, it’s a religion. But this religion people have, they don’t always know how fungible these things are,” said Abrams, who helmed the seventh installment in the popular series - The Force Awakens.

Lucasfilm and Disney are preparing for the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The movie will hit the US theatres on December 15. Carrie Fisher had finished filming her scenes as Princess Leia before she passed away last December, while Mark Hamill will reprise his role as Luke Skywalker in the movie.

Director JJ Abrams (C), cast members John Boyega (L), Daisy Ridley (3rd L), Adam Driver (4th R) and Star Wars character R2-D2 (2nd L), stormtroopers, and BB-8 (4th L) attend a red carpet fan event. (REUTERS)

Other returning cast members include Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie and Andy Serkis.

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First Published: May 03, 2017 18:04 IST