A massive interview with some of the key people behind the return to the Star Wars universe has revealed some interesting points about the entire concept of the film, with JJ Abrams apparently accepting the job in order to answer the question: Who is Luke Skywalker?
That's according to Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, who was speaking to Entertainment Weekly. She explained how she pitched the job to Abrams, who'd apparently already turned down the chance to direct the new Star Wars film once before, saying: "In the context of talking about story and laying out what we were thinking, I said one thing to him -- 'Who is Luke Skywalker?'"
That was enough to give Abrams "the chills" according to Kennedy. Which is a bit odd, as surely we already know enough about the sister-snogging natural force user already, but there you go.
Abrams himself says his wife helped nudge him into the director's position too, explaining: "You rarely get a chance to be involved in something that you would typically be an audience for. Katie, my wife, said, 'If you want to do this and you don’t, you’re going to regret this.' It was really about being willing to take that leap, and jump into the possibilities of what these characters are doing, and where they are."
"Regret not doing this this you will" is probably what she actually said. Abrams also outlined the plot formation sessions, explaining: "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."
Entertainment Weekly also spoke to Lawrence Kasdan, the Empire and Jedi writer who rejected the chance to work on Lucas's 2000s prequels but joined in with Episode VII, who explained what got him excited about returning the original cast members to glory: "I thought, 'Wow, okay, these people have lived -- they're in a different place in their lives, Han and Leia and so on. They've lived the same 30 years I have. What would that be like? How would you see things differently?" [EW]