Star Wars Exciting New Images And Details From STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS! written by Sean Gerber August 12, 2015 Now that the summer box office is winding down and the super heroes, super spies, and dinosaurs have had their fun, all eyes in pop culture now turn to STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. If we’re being really honest, though, STAR WARS has been at least in the periphery all year long. As the ramp up to the movie event of 2015 continues, Entertainment Weekly has been entrusted with brand new, exclusive details and photos from the film, courtesy of Lucasfilm, for this week’s cover story. There is much to learn even before the new issue of EW hits newsstands including what question stopped director J.J. Abrams from having to live with the regret of passing on the job of a lifetime. Just as Abrams was set to focus on projects of his own creation, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy stopped him dead in his tracks with an irresistible inquiry: “Who is Luke Skywalker?” Abrams had to know and Lawrence Kasdan, legendary STAR WARS alumnus and Abrams’ SW: TFA co-writer, was there to help provide an answer. Abrams confirms to EW that he will not return to direct EPISODE IX after Rian Johnson’s EPISODE VIII hits theaters in May 2017. Abrams instead sees himself as “the temporary captain of this ship that George [Lucas] built.” Never fear, however, as the franchise is in the steady hands of a talented creative nucleus that includes the aforementioned Kennedy, Abrams, Kasdan, and Johnson (who is also writing EPISODE VIII) along with STAR WARS ANTHOLOGY directors Gareth Edwards (ROGUE ONE) and Phil Lord and Chris Miller (the young Han Solo movie, written by Kasdan). There is a plan. Abrams and Kasdan have put together a roadmap for the story arcs and themes of the new trilogy. The story is still taking shape, as Kennedy clarifies, “We know where we’re going, but only in the broadest sense. When Rian came in and started writing his script, he started from scratch, other than knowing what we had done in EPISODE VII and projecting out where it was going. He then sat down and put pen to paper, and it’s 100 percent him.” Translation: smart, creative people are being asked to be smart and creative, not to simply point and shoot a story someone else is telling. The normally secretive Abrams granted EW’s Anthony Breznican an opportunity to spill a few beans on SW: TFA’s big bad, Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). As many fans correctly surmised, Kylo Ren made his own weapon. Says Abrams, “The lightsaber is something that he built himself, and is as dangerous and as fierce and as ragged as the character.” Awesome. Kylo Ren’s mask, like the color of his lightstaber, is an homage to the original trilogy’s signature villain, Darth Vader. Abrams tells Breznican, “The movie explains the origins of the mask and where it’s from, but the design was meant to be a nod to the Vader mask. [Ren] is well aware of what’s come before, and that’s very much a part of the story of the film.” Doubly awesome. The biggest revelation of the EW article is that Kylo Ren is not the character’s real name, or at least not completely. The “Ren” portion of the name is a title, much like the “Darth” that preceded Vader. Abrams clarifies, “He is a character who came to the name of Kylo Ren when he joined a group called the Knights of Ren.” Abrams was not willing to share exactly what the Knights of Ren are, but it sounds like a mystery worth exploring on December 18. The same goes for Kylo’s real surname. Could it be Solo or Skywalker? There is plenty more where these juicy details came from so be sure to read all of EW’s online coverage and this week’s issue, which will also include a feature on Harrison Ford’s first day back on set as Han Solo. This is all so wonderfully exciting as we continue marching towards STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. Like all pieces of news and footage previously released from the film, today’s details are being welcomed into the warm, waiting arms of fans around the world. Everyone is on board at this point and how could we not be? Abrams has already promised that they “just will” make a great STAR WARS film. Based on what we have seen thus far from STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, the director is going to make good on that guarantee. Exciting New Images And Details From STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS! was last modified: February 20th, 2016 by Sean Gerber Related DisneyLucasfilmStar Wars: The Force Awakens 4 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Sean Gerber Sean Gerber is the founder and editor-in-chief of Modern Myth Media. When he's not writing here, you can catch him as the host of Popular Opinion Podcast, Batman News, and Marvel News! previous post Review: HANNIBAL Season 3, Episode 10 “… and the Woman Clothed in the Sun” next post Open Forum: THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. You may also like See The First STAR WARS: THE FORCE... November 8, 2015 STAR WARS: Force Friday Goes Global August 26, 2015 Watch The STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS... October 19, 2015 POP – STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS... November 8, 2015 Josh Trank Will Direct A Stand-Alone STAR... June 4, 2014 Check Out Photos From Day 1 Of... April 16, 2015 See The Trailer For ROGUE ONE: A... April 7, 2016 Popular Opinion Podcast- STAR WARS: THE FORCE... October 19, 2015 2016 in Review: The Year the Good... January 2, 2017 An Immersive Week In STAR WARS August 21, 2015 Oreole I’m much more excited about Rian Johnson directing Star Wars than I am about Episode 7. Michael Lalaian *tears up* We’re home, man. SeanLM I lived through the Phantom Menace hype, so I have the correct expectations for this upcoming movie: no expectations. If the movies good then I can be pleasantly surprised, but I’m long past getting a Pavlovian drool every time I see a lightsaber or hear the John Williams score. stock I’m curious to know the function of that home made light saber Kylo Ren uses. Ordinarily, the cross spikes would serve only as wrist guards, to block a sliding rapier, but here they also are obviously blades themselves. Do they detach and become light daggers? That could be interesting. Or is it just because it looks kind of cool?