JJ Abrams Talks ‘Star Wars’: “The Force Awakens” Reshoots

The 3D collections edition blu-ray for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is getting ready to hit shelves on November 15. Just a few days ago Lucasfilm released a clip from the film’s commentary track featuring director JJ Abrams commenting on that heartbreaking scene that left many fans with their guts ripped out.

Today Yahoo! has got the exclusive on another preview of the film’s commentary track featuring Abrams discussing one of the film’s most iconic moments when Rey (Daisy Ridley) takes a moment to focus and find the strength of the force within her as she duels with Kylo Ren.

It’s interesting that JJ mentions the shot featuring Rey in her fiercest moment — no doubt channeling the dark side — was actually a reshoot added into the duel at a later point. This is most definitely an attempt to ease audience’s minds who are feeling a bit trepidatious over the infamous reshoots for the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

In addition to the reshoots for the duel in the snow, JJ Abrams has already gone on record stating that the chemistry between Rey and Finn (John Boyega) was not working after he reviewed dailies from the shoot in Abu Dhabi. At first, there was too much hostility between the two characters. Some scenes were completely reshot including much of what happened on the Millennium Falcon after the two escaped from Jakku. Harrison Ford’s on-set injury allowed Abrams to go back and rewrite the scenes he felt needed improvement.

Head on over to IGN to watch another clip from the commentary where Abrams describes the differences between what was originally shot for Rey and Finn’s first meeting compared to what was reshot for the film’s final cut.


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