Adam Driver Dishes On STAR WARS EPISODE VII:" It's 'Surreal'"
EW chatted with actor Adam Driver, one of the stars of next year's Star Wars Episode VII. Continue on to find out whether George Lucas has been on set and when he starts filming.
So we all know that this is Adam Driver, just one of the cast members for the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII currently being directed by J.J. Abrams who will kick off the long-awaited sequel trilogy of Star Wars movies. What he don't know is who he's even playing, but it is rumored that he will be one of the villains of the film (perhaps the main Inquisitor villain?). But of course, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the 30-year-old declined to confirm or comment on these rumors, but he did have other things in the world of Star Wars to talk about.
First, Driver dished on what it's like doing Star Wars.
“Doing Star Wars now—that’s surreal. I feel like that even with this cast. You start by try[ing] to stamp [that feeling] down as much as possible, just focus on what it is that you are there to do… Easier said than done.”
Driver talked about what he enjoys about Star Wars as a whole.
"The thing about Star Wars that’s so good—sure there’s this huge [canvas]. It’s space, it’s a long time ago in a galaxy far away. That’s set up immediately. But in the midst of all those things, what has made those movies last so long is that they’re all grounded, which is something that is not so far off from every movie with huge universal themes of siblings and parents and betrayal and trust. That’s so generic and obvious, but it’s hard to balance those things.
When you break all of those things down, really it’s just because someone wasn’t loved enough or felt betrayed. That’s what makes those movies so universal. I think they can get in your mind in big and sweeping ways."
Then he talked about what made him love the original movies in the first place.
"I always think back to the original movies and to those quieter moments where Luke is out in A New Hope, and there are the two suns setting, and it’s just such a quiet moment. It is the equivalent, basically, of a farm boy dying to get out of his small town and do something bigger. It’s those kinds of universal themes that ground this whole thing in space."
What does Driver like emotionally about the films?
"How great is that to get to work on something that has so much humanity in the midst of it? I feel like that’s everyone’s goal, to balance those two. Again, surreal seems to be the word of this interview. It’s exciting to get that to be part of your life. Now you have to contribute something to it—and that’s not something you, personally, or anyone on set takes lightly. I feel like everybody wants to make it good.
Friendship, I feel, is something that maybe isn’t investigated as much—or maybe I’m not watching those movies. It was such a huge part of the original three. “I’m going to go save my friend.” Everyone was going to go bail their friends out. “I can’t do this because my friends, everything is at stake because of my friends. I gotta go back. … Yoda, I gotta leave, whatever… I gotta leave. [Laughs]"
As for whether or not George Lucas, the man behind Star Wars was on set.
"I haven’t seen him. I don’t know."
Speaking of being on set, Driver revealed that while he is currently not filming any scenes for the forthcoming space opera at the moment, he will resume his part of filming for Episode VII around "mid-November, end of December". Yes, it's going to take a little while longer until Driver continues filming but you can definitely be sure Comic Book Movie will have you covered, so stay tuned.
On a speculative note, keeping in mind the description of the main Inquisitor villain as described by Indie Revolver: "tall and thin", could that actually be Adam Driver's role? After all, Driver's height is 6' 3'' and he looks pretty thin to me. What do you think?
Star Wars Episode VII is scheduled to be released in 3D and IMAX 3D on December 18, 2015.
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