JJ Abrams Admits Some of Those Star Wars: The Force Awakens Rumors are True
Ever since Disney purchased LucasFilm and announced that new Star Wars trilogy was on the way, no one movie has dominated the internet more than JJ Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Details about the movie have been kept closely guarded, with only the odd set photo and concept art making it through Disney's firewall so far. Abrams and LucasFilm's commitment to secrecy is admirable, because let's face it, who doesn't want a total sense of shock and surprise when they exit the theater on December 18th this year. Unfortunately, the Internet doesn't share that sense of whimsy and has spent the last couple of years feverishly churning out rumor after rumor in an attempt to correctly guess the details which Abrams and co. have fought so hard to keep under lock and key. Some have been outlandish, others have tried to ground themselves in logic, but in a conversation with BBC, Abrams has confirmed that some of these rumors have actually hit their mark...
"We did the best we can to preserve the story for the audience, but it doesn't always work"said Abrams. "There are a ton of rumours - some true, some false. But I'm grateful for everyone who would want to read a spoiler because it means that they care and want to see the movie."
Indeed, the astronomical number of rumors out there means that the odds of some of them being true aren't all that slim. Since the Star Wars: The Force Awakens was announced, rumors have hinted at Original Trilogy character deaths, the identity of various characters, and of course, when the full trailer will land. Some have even gone into great detail about the movie's opening scene. In some ways, this white noise of Star Wars rumors will actually help us remain in the dark about many of the movie's details, because with so many of the buggers flying around, knowing which ones are true and which ones are false will be damn near impossible.
Of course, speculation and fan theories have always gone hand in hand with the Galaxy Far Far Away. In 1977, when George Lucas's original movie was first unleashed on moviegoers, rumors circulated about everything from Darth Vader being a robot to the fact that 'The Empire Strikes Back' would feature a major time travel theme. Such speculation continued with Lucas's prequel trilogy with one rumor hinting that the relationship between Anakin and Padmé would evolve into a weird Master/Padawan love triangle with Obi Wan Kenobi. Heck at one point we were even meant to believe that the Phantom Menace would feature the franchise's first nude scenes!
With the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens still some 300 days away, you can expect more rumors to emerge, but whether or not any of them are actually true is a fact that will, thankfully, remain unknown until that fateful day in mid-December.