Posted on Wednesday, August 12th, 2015 by Ethan Anderton
Even though we’re still 127 days from seeing Star Wars: The Force Awakens, this movie is the beginning of a plethora of projects all set in a galaxy far, far away. That means there has been a lot of planning behind the scenes with regards to the story arcs of the new characters and returning heroes in Episode VII, and thanks to all the Star Wars details emerging today, we have a better idea of how the future is being planned for the new trilogy.
Director J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy recently spoke about mapping out the new trilogy and emulating the themes of the original movies. There’s also chatter about just how much creative freedom director and writer Rian Johnson has on Star Wars Episode 8, despite having a basic idea of where the characters in the Star Wars universe are headed.
Boarding The Force Awakens
First of all, we should take the time to thank J.J. Abrams wife for helping convince the director to take on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. By the time Abrams signed on to direct, there were a lot of possibilities of where this new Star Wars trilogy would begin, but a story hadn’t been finalized. Entertainment Weekly explained how Lawrence Kasdan and Michael Arndt started to break down possibilities for the entire trilogy along with Kennedy and Abrams. The director explains:
“[They] had just been hypothesizing and throwing out a bunch of what-ifs, but there was no story in place. It was, without doubt, a formidable assignment. There were so many options and so many paths that could be taken. Even when we were in debate — and sometimes it was frustrating and heated — it was always thrilling, because it seemed almost everywhere you looked there was something potentially extraordinary, which felt very much like the DNA of Star Wars itself. … My guess is that any question that anyone would be having was among the endless questions we were asking at the very beginning.”
Emulating the Original Trilogy
Abrams and Kennedy aren’t giving away any spoilers, including the political climate of the galaxy and how the First Order is operating as a makeshift replacement for the Empire, 30 years after the second Death Star was destroyed in Return of the Jedi. But they do say that a lot of the themes from the original trilogy will be present in this new set of films, especially “characters who are conflicted between good and evil, dark and light.” Even though George Lucas isn’t involved with developing this new Star Wars trilogy, his original thematic ideas from the first trilogy still echo in these new films as well. Kennedy adds:
“George spoke often about that tension in everybody between what’s good and bad. He always felt that it was easier to be bad than good. I’m not sure all people would agree, but I think that that’s always an interesting conflict to explore. So that’s a big part of the themes inside of Episode VII.”
But there are plenty of ways in which the new trilogy will be different. Kennedy says:
“I think we can’t explore in quite as much detail issues of compassion, the way [Lucas] did in terms of the values of the Jedi. But we’re going to get there, let’s put it that way. In the arc of all three movies, that will increase.”
Could that be a hint as to where we find Luke Skywalker in The Force Awakens and how he will develop throughout the new trilogy?