How much do we really know about Star Wars: The Force Awakens? According to star Greg Grunberg, probably a lot less than we think. Sure, there have been plenty of Star Wars rumors over the past couple of years offering the plot outline. But the production crew went to such great lengths to keep the script secret, we can count on a lot of that past information being wrong. In fact, the franchise's most iconic actors, including the holy trinity of Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill, were not allowed to take the script home to memorize their lines.
Greg Grunberg, best known for his role on Heroes, was revealed last week to be playing an X-Wing Fighter Pilot. He is locked in for the next two movies following Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but not much more is known about his role. Some have called him the Wedge Antilles of this new trilogy. He recently spoke with Entertainment Weekly about his experience on set. But suffice it to say, he can't say much. He does relay the excitement he felt in becoming part of such a phenomenon.
I can't talk about who I play or what I did. But just imagine that you get a call from your best friend saying, "It's true, I'm doing Star Wars and you can stop begging me, yes, I want you to be in this movie." It was an absolute dream come true. I have been such a fan of all the actors and everything about Star Wars. ... Some people may not have loved some of the movies, but it's a whole world you can't deny how super compelling and awesome it is, and I can't believe I'm part of it. Like there were moments when J.J. would yell, 'Cut',' and then come over to me and go, 'Are you f-king kidding me? Did that just happen? Did I just pan from C-3PO to R2-D2 to Han Solo and then to you?' I spent seven weeks in London and it was heaven. And it's crazy cause usually I'm the first person that J.J. calls to bounce ideas off. This one is so top secret, and so on lockdown, that all I can do is ask him, 'How's it going?' and he's like, 'Oh, I'm really happy.' So I know if he's happy it's just gonna be incredible."
So, this means we'll be getting a scene where Han Solo is together with C-3PO and R2-D2? That sounds quite possible. Greg Grunberg continued, revealing just a little bit bout how Star Wars: The Force Awakens will compare to the other movies in the franchise. And he goes onto explain just how secretive the script actually was, saying he only ever saw his own dialogue pages.
I can only say that practical effects are as important-if not more important-than the special effects. And it's all about the story and family. I mean that's what J.J. is all about. He did it with Star Trek and I'm sure that played into keeping that the franchise alive. And these new characters, these actors are unbelievable. They're so well cast. What I'm gathering from all of the pieces I've seen is it's everything that a Star Wars junkie like me wants out of the movie. We got our script pages, only the scenes that we were in. Not even what was being shot that day! It was all on red paper so we couldn't copy it or take a picture of it. And then we had to give the script pages back at the end of the day. And we didn't get them the day before to take them home and learn them-Carrie Fisher and I were talking about it several times, like, "This is crazy! An actor does not get to prepare on this movie." But I think at the end of the day it plays into what J.J. has always talked about which is that the theater is a mystery box. I know my scenes. I'm very excited about my scenes. I was really happy with the stuff that I got to do. But I'm sprinkled throughout the whole movie, in a very small way. I can't wait to see the rest of this stuff. I watched the trailer 20 times after it came out."
Even with a small amount of screen time, it sounds like Greg Grunberg's X-Wing pilot will be having scenes with Han Solo and Princess Leia. While Greg Grunberg wasn't allowed to read the entire script, the main actors did read it early on, during a ensemble table read. About that, he goes onto say the following.
"I have not read the full script. Harrison [Ford] and Carrie read the script, they had a roundtable in the early day-I wasn't part of that. Everything I see I get more excited about. Everything looks like a poster. Every shot I've seen I'm like, "That's a poster! That's such an iconic image." It's really being done the right way. So I think it's gonna be incredibly satisfying. To see this world re-created with such attention to detail to everything everybody loved about the original films, it's just special. Disney is so brilliant to have done what they did, with all the other films they're doing on individual characters, really squeezing this franchise in a really good creative way."
Even with two trailers and a third on the way in 2 weeks at Comic Con, it sounds like there will still be plenty of surprises left on opening day. Are you excited for the secrecy? Or do you need to know more right now?