J.J. Abrams Explains Rey's Flashback in Star Wars: The Force Awakens
In just a few weeks, the new 3D Collector's Edition of Star Wars: The Force Awakens will arrive, and we've seen some new material from this Blu-ray already. A new deleted scene reveals more about Simon Pegg's Unkar Plutt, while director J.J. Abrams shed some light on the scene where Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) kills his father, Han Solo (Harrison Ford). Today we have two brand new commentary clips, where J.J. Abrams offers insight into Rey's (Daisy Ridley flashback scene, and her pivotal battle with Kylo Ren.
The first commentary track comes courtesy of The Star Wars Show. J.J. Abrams reveals that Rey's flashback scene was known as "The Forceback," while teasing earlier incarnations of this scene, that almost featured a pivotal moment in Star Wars lore. Here's what the director had to say below.
"In this scene she is drawn to this place, almost like Cinderella. And she goes to this box, which, when she opens, she discovers something that of course has no meaning to her -- she's never seen this before, doesn't know what it is -- but has meaning to the audience. Touching the lightsaber triggers what we called "The Forceback." There were many iterations of this. In one, from this Cloud City corridor, she looked down and saw Vader fighting Luke, which we ended up cutting. We wanted [this scene] to be a more personal story. Something that she couldn't comprehend that was overwhelming to her, frightening to her. That was taking her through all of these elemental experiences. Of fire. Of rain, snow, wind. But also that she was being confronted with truths about The Force, about the past, the Knights of Ren here, the past for herself. She realizes the cries that she heard were actually her own cries as a young girl being taken away from her family. And then she hears a voice. 'Rey.' And that's Obi-wan Kenobi."
Another commentary clip debuted on Yahoo! Movies, during Rey and Kylo Ren's epic lightsaber duel towards the end of the film. J.J. Abrams revealed during this commentary track that he showed an early cut of the film to his friend, director Ava DuVernay, who offered a few very helpful suggestions, a few of which even made it into the film. Here's what he had to say about Ava DuVernay's feedback below.
"I also showed this film, an early cut, to my friend Ava DuVernay, and she had a bunch of great suggestions. One of them was, that she really wanted to see Daisy, in her attack on Ren coming up, to have one really cool moment. I'll show you the shot we ended up getting per her suggestion."
The clip then cuts to where Kylo Ren tells Rey he can show her the ways of the Force, a scene that J.J. Abrams revealed is where Rey originally calls him a "monster" and pushes him back. Instead, they went with a shot where she hears the Force and thinks about what Maz Kanata had told her about "closing her eyes and letting it in." He then explains that, during reshoots, they got the shot suggested by Ava DuVernay, where we see an intense Rey knocking Kylo Ren down, which the director added "really connects you to her intensity." Take a look at both of these commentary clips below for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with the first clip starting at 1:55 mark of the first video below.