After taking in more than $2 billion at the box office during its record-breaking run, fans can experience the epic blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens from the comfort of their own home, with the movie available today on Digital HD, before its Blu-ray and DVD release on April 5. To celebrate the home video release, the Star Wars YouTube page has debuted two new behind-the-scenes previews, which reveal new details about Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and the villainous Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). We learn that Ben Solo's parents were pretty bad. Perhaps the worst in the galaxy. And as it turns out, fans almost saw much less of Poe Dameron, with the character being killed off in director J.J. Abrams' earlier draft of the script.
The first video focuses on Kylo Ren, with Adam Driver revealing that his character is "lost in the world," since he is dealing with these incredible powers while his parents are "absent on their own agenda." The actor reveals that Kylo feels abandoned by his mom and dad, while J.J. Abrams adds that young Kylo was targeted by Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) early on. This villain knew that Kylo was powerful with the force, and recruited him, which, coupled with his parents Han Solo and Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) not being around enough to guide him, lead to his turn to the Dark Side of the Force.
J.J. Abrams reveals in the second behind-the-scenes video that Poe Dameron was actually supposed to die fairly early in the movie. Oscar Isaac first saw that version of the script, and told the director that he has made four movies in a row where he dies early, and that was one of the major issues he had with the project before signing on. Oscar Isaac revealed that, a week after raising these issues, the director told him that he had everything figured out, and Poe would be in the whole movie, and beyond, since he is confirmed to star in Star Wars: Episode VIII, which is currently in production. We also hear from screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, who compares Poe Dameron to the iconic Han Solo (Harrison Ford).
Star Wars: The Force Awakens saw the eagerly anticipated reteaming of original Star Wars stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill, along with Anthony Daniels, the only actor to have been in all seven Star Wars films, and Peter Mayhew. The returning cast was joined by newcomer Daisy Ridley, who beat out fierce competition to take the principal role of Rey; BAFTA Rising Star Award winner John Boyega (Attack the Block, Imperial Dreams) as reluctant stormtrooper Finn; Emmy nominee Adam Driver (Lincoln, Girls) as the villainous Kylo Ren, and Golden Globe winner Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis, The Bourne Legacy) as Resistance pilot Poe Dameron. Both of these videos are excerpts from the full-length documentary Secrets of the Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey, which is included as part of the special features on the Blu-ray release.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens was directed by J.J. Abrams and written by Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt. Lucasfilm president and eight-time Academy Award nominee Kathleen Kennedy and J.J. Abrams, along with his longtime producing partner Bryan Burk, are the film's producers. Having established a musical legacy with his iconic scores for the previous six films in the Star Wars Saga, acclaimed composer John Williams returned to score Star Wars: The Force Awakens, ultimately garnering his 50th Oscar nomination for it. Take a look at the latest preview for the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Digital HD, Blu-ray and DVD release, and stay tuned for even more footage.