Director J.J. Abrams hopes to satisfy Star Wars fans with the upcoming Episode VII by remaining true to the films that have come before it.
Asked which of the films fans would likely draw comparisons to after seeing the launch of the new trilogy, Abrams told Entertainment Weekly, “[It’s] impossible for me to say because it’s going to be an evolving thing. I would say we are working really hard to make a movie that feels as emotional and authentic and exciting as possible. Whatever your favorite Star Wars movie is and how to compare it is really sort of subjective.”
Fans of the franchise have been very vocal about how they think the story should play out, even suggesting which characters should appear in the film. But of all the suggestions floating around the Internet, the director agrees most with fans’ requests to make the movie feel true to the series.
“It’s been nice to see how important it is and to be reminded how important it is to so many people,” said Abrams. “We all know that [creator George Lucas’s] dream has become almost a religion to some people. I remember reading a thing somewhere, someone wrote about just wanting [the new film] to feel real; to feel authentic. I remember I felt that way when I was 11 years old when I saw the first one. As much of a fairy tale as it was, it felt real. And to me, that is exactly right.”
The cast hasn’t been nailed down, but Saoirse Ronan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ryan Gosling and Zac Efron are rumored to be involved. As previously reported, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill are expected to reprise their roles as Han Solo, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker, respectively.
Star Wars Episode VII will be released in 2015.