First Details on the Starkiller Base, General Hux, and More from Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Friday, 13 November 2015 - 2:12PM
Star Wars
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Friday, 13 November 2015 - 2:12PM
First Details on the Starkiller Base, General Hux, and More from Star Wars: The Force Awakens
We've all seen the First Order's newest sinister weapon- the Starkiller Base- in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens poster. It looks very much like an updated Death Star, but no details about the ship have officially come out thus far. Now, J.J. Abrams has confirmed that the Starkiller Base is essentially a more powerful Death Star.

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"It is very much - and it's acknowledged as such in the movie - apparently another Death Star," Abrams told EW. "But what it's capable of, how it works, and what the threat is, is far greater than what the Death Star could have done. Starkiller Base is another step forward, technologically speaking, in terms of power."
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If the Starkiller Base is a "step forward" from the Death Star, but has similar capabilities, then it may have the power to destroy everything in its path. The Death Star could destroy planets (RIP Alderaan), so really the only way for the new ship to be more powerful is if it can destroy stars (plus, there's the name and everything). In the world of sci-fi science, this could cause a black hole to form, which could capture and destroy everything in its path.

General Hux in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Abrams also discussed the psychology of the new generation of villains, particularly Kylo Ren, played by Adam Driver, and General Hux, played by Domhnall Gleeson. He said they were driven to succeed where Vader and Palpatine failed, and felt that their predecessors suffered from a lack of ambition. As a result, they will set out to prove that they are even more evil than their forebears.

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"Evil's a little bit like a drug," Abrams said. "It takes more and more of it to have the same effect. And I think the First Order is a really deadly drug."
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Gleeson went into more detail about his character, who has been noticeably quiet until now. He's a commander in the First Order, which operates a bit like the mob in the sense that you need to kill your way to the top.

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"There's an air of superiority, and being better than those people around you," he said of Hux. "He's pretty ruthless. A strong disciplinarian would be a mild way of putting it... You don't get that high up in your life that quickly unless you're pretty ruthless," says Gleeson, who's 32. "You have to put a few people down on the way to get there."
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The Empire (and now the First Order) have long served as a stand-in for fascism, and it seems that The Force Awakens will be no different. Gleeson said his character is motivated by a fear of individuality and a desire for uniformity, as well as the villain motivation staple: power.

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"It's in the title: order," Gleeson said. "It's a desire to lump everything in its place and just have power. The desire for power is hugely motivating for a lot of people and normally the people who want all the power are not the ones who should have it... [He's afraid of] individuality. People who are messed up themselves often want to squash the individuality out of other people because they're afraid of what it means."
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Gleeson also claimed that he and Kylo Ren are somewhat "opposite" to each other, although they are both on the same team. Their motivations for being in the First Order are likely very different; Kylo seems like a true believer, while Hux may be more pragmatic and cynical, concerned with gaining power and enacting a political agenda.

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"He's kind of opposite Kylo Ren," Gleeson said. "They have their own relationship, which is individual and unusual. One of them is strong in different ways than the other. They're both vying for power."
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