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Steven Spielberg Recommended That Disney Hire J.J. Abrams

Another thing 60 Minutes confirmed is that The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams was recommended for the job by long-time Kathleen Kennedy collaborator Steven Spielberg:

Steven Spielberg told CBS newsmag 60 Minutes that when producer Kathy Kennedy was looking for a director for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, she happened to speak with him. Spielberg, who worked with Kennedy on E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park and other films, told her, “Kathy, there’s only one director that really should undertake this daunting, epic task, and that’s J.J. Abrams.”

Remember, rumor had it that Kathleen Kennedy asked Steven Spielberg if he wanted to direct.

Adam Driver Answers If The Force Awakens Is Better Than the Prequels

Vice ran a segment following Star Wars: The Force Awakens co-star Adam Driver (who plays villain Kylo Ren) who along with some other actors (Joanne Tucker, Natasha Lyonne, and Peter Scolari) traveled to the Middle East in order to bring some entertainment to soldiers. During the clip a soldier asks drivers if the new Star Wars movie will be better than the Star Wars prequels, to which Driver covers the camera and can heard saying “fuck yeah!”. Watch the video clip embedded above.

 

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J.J. Abrams Gave Rey an Outfit That Kids Could Doodle in Class

Vulture talked to Force Awakens star Daisy Ridley about the toys made of her character Rey. An interesting aside in the piece reveals some of the thought that went behind Rey’s costume design:

It’s no surprise to her that Rey’s wrap costume scales down so well, since director J.J. Abrams prioritized a striking, iconic look in his collaboration with costume designer Michael Kaplan. “I remember J.J. saying that he wanted the sort of outfit kids could sketch,” said Ridley. “He wanted something they’d be able to doodle in class, with things that would stand out to them.”

BB-8 Explores London

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