JJ Abrams hopes Star Wars passion helps

J.J. Abrams

JJ Abrams

JJ Abrams admitted he has a lot more passion for 'Star Wars' than 'Star Trek', and said he will strive to "honour" its creator George Lucas.

JJ Abrams hopes his "passion" for 'Star Wars' will aid his directing.

The man behind 'Star Trek' and the upcoming 'Star Trek Into Darkness' will also take charge of the first of a new trilogy in the rival sci-fi saga and admitted his fandom makes this a different challenge.

Speaking to the Sunday Times Magazine, he said: "With 'Star Wars' I come to it with a deep passion - I would have paid for a chance to be a part of it, let alone direct it - so it's a marked difference [from working on 'Star Trek'].

"It may or may not benefit from my love of that world. But I'll do my best to honour George Lucas, just as I've done my best to honour what Gene Roddenberry created with 'Star Trek'."

As he conceded though, his fandom may have an impact on his approach to the film, although being disconnected from the source material also has its benefits.

He added: "I was never really a fan of 'Star Trek' to begin with, but the idea of working on something that is not necessarily your favourite thing can actually help, because it forces you to engage with it in a way an outsider can appreciate."

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

  • 5 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 136 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: JJ Abrams
  • Written by: Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams, Michael Arndt
  • Cast: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker
  • UK release: 17 December 2015

From the ashes of the Empire, the villainous First Order rises up to destroy Luke Skywalker (Hamill) – but where is he? Fans can rejoice: Episode VII is sensational and surprisingly emotional, with a finely-crafted script and effects that never overpower the performances. Star Wars is back in a big way.


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