J.J. Abrams on Starkiller Base and General Hux in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

When we got our first big (but still little) glimpse at the planet/structure that is Starkiller Base in Star Wars: The Force Awakens a lot of fans had immediate fears that it would be Death Star III. Today Entertainment Weekly has the latest information about what exactly Starkiller Base is from the man himself, J.J. Abrams. The answer might not be what fans were hoping to hear.

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“It is very much — and it’s acknowledged as such in the movie — apparently another Death Star,” Abrams says. “But what it’s capable of, how it works, and what the threat is, is far greater than what the Death Star could have done. Starkiller Base is another step forward, technologically speaking, in terms of power.”

Abrams says it’s only logical that this new generation of Imperial wannabes would consider the failure of their idols to be a lack of ambition. If they’re going to succeed where Darth Vader and the Emperor failed, they’re going to have to demonstrate that they are even more menacing and destructive.

The article later goes on about the power of Starkiller Base:

Stars that don’t end their lifecycles in supernovas can become a red giant, consuming everything in their orbit in a colossal, crimson expansion of energy before collapsing again into a white dwarf.  Starkiller Base may not be only a planet-killer, it may be able to trigger such an event and become a destroyer of solar systems.

Starkiller Base being a bigger and more dangerous version of a Death Star does sound like something out of fan fiction. But this film isn’t in the hands of fan fiction writers. We do have the benefit of extremely successful screenwriters working on this one, so I’m going to hold my negativity about it in as long as I can. It’s not long until we see it on screen, and if Starkiller Base is really lame, you know I won’t be afraid to say so. What Abrams says about “Imperial wannabes” behind this deadly new power does have me really excited.

And that brings us to one of the top Imperial wannabes: General Hux.

We have had the barest glimpse of Hux up until now and even less information on the character so to finally hear Domhnall Gleeson talking about him openly is long overdue. He sounds like a smug jerk. 🙂 I’m not surprised.

“There’s an air of superiority, and being better than those people around you,” he says. “He’s pretty ruthless. A strong disciplinarian would be a mild way of putting it.”

Gleeson goes on:

“You don’t get that high up in your life that quickly unless you’re pretty ruthless,” says Gleeson, who’s 32. “You have to put a few people down on the way to get there.” The actor also says Hux doesn’t carry a signature weapon: he has other people to do such dirty work.

And he says that Kylo Ren and Hux aren’t exactly working hand in hand as comrades.

“He’s kind of opposite Kylo Ren,” Gleeson says. “They have their own relationship, which is individual and unusual. One of them is strong in different ways than the other. They’re both vying for power.”

 

 

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