Film director JJ Abrams has revealed the one mistake he regrets from his latest outing ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’.
The seventh instalment of the ‘Star Wars’ franchise hit cinemas late last year, and has gone on to become one of the most successful films in history, garnering critical acclaim from devotees of the sci-fi saga, as well as winning it a whole new legion of fans.
However, some people noticed one glaring blunder in the film, which the director has now revealed he wishes he could change.
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JJ has claimed that the scene when Chewbacca and Rey return from their mission, which saw Han Solo killed by his son, Kylo Ren, he should have had General Leia hug Chewy - who she has a three-decade history with - rather than Rey, who she’d never actually met.
He admitted to Slashfilm: “That was probably one of the mistakes I made in that... had Chewbacca not been where he was, you probably wouldn't have thought of it. But because he was right there, passed by Leia, it felt almost like a slight, which was definitely not the intention.”
Rather than hugging Leia in the emotional moment, Chewy walks straight past her, which JJ admitted was something of an oversight.
Explaining the scene, JJ continued: “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 on-screen 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."
The eighth instalment of ‘Star Wars’ is now in production, slated for release in December 2017.
So far, little is known about the film’s plot, other than that stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Adam Driver will all be returning, while Rian Johnson is taking over directing duties, though JJ will be staying on as an executive producer.