J.J. Abrams Decides Against Making ‘Star Wars: Episode 7’ Fake, Emotionless and Boring


star-wars-7To begin, Bleeding Cool is seconding yesterday’s report saying Saoirse Ronan has gone in to read for what they describe as a “lead role” in Star Wars: Episode VII and in the meantime, Latino Review has added two more names to the rumored list in Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station) and David Oyelowo (Lee Daniels’ The Butler).

The site reports Oyelowo went in to read for an unspecified role (no kidding) while Jordan apparently met with director J.J. Abrams himself. Do with that information what you will.

Meanwhile, EW has a smallish interview with Abrams where he states the obvious saying they are “working really hard to make a movie that feels as emotional and authentic and exciting as possible.” Oh, so, you mean as opposed to one that lacks any emotion, feels fake and is pretty boring? Good to know.

He also responds kindly to fan opinions on the Internet saying:

“It’s been nice [seeing] how important it is and to be reminded how important it is to so many people. We all know that [creator George Lucas’] dream has become almost a religion to some people. I remember reading a thing somewhere, someone wrote about just wanting [the new film] to feel real; to feel authentic. I remember I felt that way when I was 11 years old when I saw the first one. As much of a fairy tale as it was, it felt real. And to me, that is exactly right.”

The problem with that quote is that yes, when you’re 11 and don’t know any better a film will feel real. The question is, who is this film going to be made for? Will it feel real to adults that show up? And what does that even mean? By comparison do Abrams’ Star Trek films feel real and authentic?