The Force Awakens did what half of the preexisting Star Wars films hadn’t done and managed to please most fans (not to mention making billions worldwide) but JJ Abrams has admitted that he would change something on the film if he did it again. If you haven’t seen the movie, beware. The spoilers are strong with this one…
While promoting 10 Cloverfield Lane with Slashfilm, Abrams was asked why, after Han is killed, does Leia hug Rey first and not Chewbacca? Here’s his answer:
“That was probably one of the mistakes I made in that. My thinking at the time was that Chewbacca, despite the pain he was feeling, was focused on trying to save Finn and getting him taken care of. So I tried to have Chewbacca go off with him and focus on Rey, and then have Rey find Leia and Leia find Rey. The idea being that both of them being strong with the Force and never having met, would know about each other — that Leia would have been told about her beyond what we saw onscreen and Rey of course would have learned about Leia. And that reunion would be a meeting and a reunion all in one, and a sort of commiseration of their mutual loss.”
Abrams’ explanation sounds fair enough to us – unless it’s all a ruse and the scene was meant to hint at a hitherto unrevealed connection between the pair. Theorists, start your engines!
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