There is perhaps no more highly anticipated movie coming in 2015 than J.J. Abrams’ upcoming “Star Wars.” Unfortunately that has caused the demand for plot details to skyrocket, prompting the veteran director to speak out about the recent cadre of leaks regarding the movie’s plot.
Already Disney has been forced to request a subpoena against website ImageShack after an anonymous user leaked concept art from the film that shows Villain Kylo Ren. As many fans already know from the first trailer, Ren is the person wielding the broadsword-style lightsaber.
Undeterred by the studio’s propensity to take legal action against leaks, MakingStarWars.net has been posting what it believes to be inside information from the London set of the movie. These spoilers include how the audience will be reintroduced to Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and what will happen to other returning characters, Princess Leia (Carrier Fisher) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford). As previously reported, the leaks have been so bad that Abrams has allegedly pitched the idea for Disney to release the movie six months early in the summer of 2015 rather than Dec. 18, as it’s currently scheduled. Those rumors indicate that Disney is taking the request very seriously, although it’s highly unlikely that it will happen.
Despite leaks clearly being the bane of “The Force Awakens’” existence, the director recently spoke to BBC News and confessed that he doesn’t fault fans who seek out these spoilers for themselves, but cautioned that they cannot believe everything they read.
“There are a ton of rumors - 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,” he told the crowd at the Oscar Wilde awards in Los Angeles, where Fisher was being honored. “I know what it feels like, as an enormous ‘Star Wars’ fan myself.”
The director obviously didn’t elaborate on which rumors are true and which are false, but it looks like he’s well aware of the leak problem on “The Force Awakens,” and is learning to be sanguine about the whole thing.
It’s possible that the director isn’t too worried because none of the spoilers reveal too much that couldn’t be revealed in a trailer (say for one huge exception). Perhaps the director knows that all that has been leaked are things he’s already planning to give away to fans on April 16 when he and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy kick off the annual “Star Wars Celebration” with a mysterious big announcement. Many believe it will be the debut of the first official trailer for the film (No, the 88-second teaser doesn’t count).
Fans will simply have to wait until the April 16 event, or possibly the Dec. 18 release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” to have all their burning plot questions answered. In the meantime, they can look for clues in the teaser trailer below.