NEW YORK — In the midst of a film-themed Halloween, the director of a new movie that stars George Lucas, who died this week at 88, spoke about his new movie, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” and how it could end up influencing audiences.
“I think it’s the most fun I’ve ever had making a movie,” says J.J. Abrams, whose new film is set for release in July.
“I’m always thinking of what would have happened had the movie gone forward.
So there are so many things to explore.
I think there’s something that comes with it that is just magical.
There’s an energy in the room, a sense of community and excitement.”
The story of “Star War” is about an epic struggle between good and evil.
The movie stars Daisy Ridley as Princess Leia and John Boyega as Han Solo, with Harrison Ford as Luke Skywalker and Carrie Fisher as Princess Amidala.
It stars Felicity Jones as Princess Anakin Skywalker and Oscar Isaac as Lando Calrissian.
“The Force Awakens” will be Abrams’ first feature film since 2009’s “Star Trek Into Darkness,” and the director says it was a natural step into a new direction for him.
“I never really thought I was doing a Star Wars movie, but I was always going to be involved with it and try to do something that I think was a little bit different from the previous films.
I’ve always liked the way that movies are set up, so this was the next step.””
Star Wars” is Abrams’ fourth feature film.
He is the director behind “The Force,” “The Empire Strikes Back,” and “Return of the Jedi.”
The movie was adapted from George Lucas’ short story “Return to Tatooine,” which was first published in 1977.
Abrams also wrote the screenplay.
Abrams was one of the last people to see the original movie, and has since spoken out against its treatment.
“There are things that I want to say about the original ‘Star Trek,’ but I feel like I’ve learned that I’ve never been able to say,” Abrams told “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”
“It was a very different experience, and I think the original film was a lot more intense, and had a lot of different characters.
It was an emotional experience, but it was also a fun one.”
When the film is released, Abrams says it will be the “first Star Wars film that I can honestly say that I am proud of,” and he hopes it will spark a new generation of fans.
“What we’ve been able, through this incredible experience, to do is make a film that is both an incredibly good story, but also a story that has a lot to offer, and an experience that is incredibly emotional, because that’s what the audience is looking for,” Abrams said.
“And that is what we want to create.”