Dark Knight Rises

These days, so many of us get on the Internet with one thing in mind: More Star Wars. Since October of 2013 when it was announced that Episode VII of the Star Wars saga was coming, many of us spend every day, at least partially, thinking about it. With just over a year to go until release, this has begun to speed up, especially with rumors of a first trailer coming and the official title: Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

It’s pretty obvious numerous famous filmmakers are also in this boat. Star Wars was as influential and formative for them as it was all of us. But few would guess Christopher Nolan, director of Interstellar, would fly his flag for Star Wars fandom. We knew he liked the films and was influenced by them but, in a new interview, he says he “lives and dies with each new bit of information about ‘Star Wars.'”

Below, read Nolan’s thoughts on The Force Awakens including whether or not he would’ve had the courage to make the film.

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First up, it’s important to note that Nolan has never been shy of talking about Star Wars influence on him. Watch a video of him talking about it:

As for his fandom, The Daily Beast talked to the director and he said this when asked about J.J. Abrams taking on Star Wars: The Force Awakens and whether or not he could have/would have made the film:

I’m pretty excited to see what J.J. is going to do with that. I’m excited to see that he’s shooting on film and actually built the Millennium Falcon. As far as whether or not I would have ever done it, the truth is I think I’d be afraid to touch it! He’s boldly going where he went before in Star Trek, and it takes colossal balls. I’m a lot more comfortable trying to do my own thing than carrying the weight and expectation of the entire world—particularly 40-somethings like me who live and die with each new bit of information about Star Wars. But I’m very excited to see what he does.

I honestly can’t picture Nolan reading message boards and fan theories about The Force Awakens. I think he’s a bit too much of a purist for that. I’m sure, for him, “each bit of information” boils down to only what’s officially revealed. But still, I love hearing this kind of humanizing quote for the filmmaker and the image of him posting of Star Wars messages boards just makes me laugh.

How deep do you think Christopher Nolan Star Wars fandom goes?

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