Fans of the "Star Wars" film franchise may find some references to past events in the upcoming movie "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." Speaking to Vanity Fair, director J.J. Abrams said that the upcoming movie, scheduled for a Dec. 18 release, will have “oblique” references to events that take place “outside of the borders” of the main storyline. These references are “essential” to the movie and have not been added to help set up future animated series or future movies, he said.

Abrams also talked about working with veteran actor Max von Sydow, who plays an unspecified character in the upcoming movie. Abrams described von Sydow as a “sweet man” with whom it was easy to work. The actor is said to have worked late into the night on many occasions and was a “complete trouper” about it, Abrams said.

After shooting ended on "The Force Awakens," Abrams said, von Sydow gave the director something that is supposedly considered a “compliment” in the actor’s home country of Sweden: a swift kick in the butt. "He gave me, literally, a kick in the a--, as good luck," Abrams said. "And I thought, Max von Sydow just kicked my ass. It’s pretty amazing.”

Meanwhile, a possible spoiler alert has emerged: Actor Oscar Isaac may have inadvertently revealed the home planet of his character in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” The actor plays resistance fighter pilot Poe Dameron and is seen in the trailer flying an X-Wing plane.

In speaking with MySanantonio, Isaac revealed that Dameron may be from Yavin 4, one of the habitable moons orbiting the planet Yavin, where a rebel base was located in the original "Star Wars" movie in 1977 -- although there's no confirmation yet that Yavin 4 will be featured in the upcoming movie. But at least one thing will continue from prior films: the battle between the Resistance and Imperial forces.

Calling it a “beautiful coincidence,” Isaac noted that the last scene in the 1977 movie was filmed in Guatemala, where the 35-year-old actor was born. 

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