Fans crowded into the massive Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con Friday night in hopes of a glimpse at the upcoming “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” and director J.J. Abrams did not disappoint them. Abrams, joined by producer Kathleen Kennedy and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdin, teased more details about the highly anticipated sequel, in theaters this December, and debuted an affectionate look behind the scenes of the production.
Abrams also brought along a good chunk of the films cast, including new stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson and “Game of Thrones” star Gwendoline Christie. But the real highlight was the introduction of original trilogy stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher. Ford hadn’t been able to attend the Star Wars Celebration event earlier this year as he was recuperating from crash-landing his plane on a golf course.
“It should’ve felt ridiculous,” Ford said of returning to the role of Han Solo. “[The first movie] was 30 years ago, and I sort of grew up. And yet here I was doing something I did so long ago, and I will tell you that it felt great.
“I wasn’t so sure it would be but the company was the right company, the director was the right director,” he explained. “The original ‘Star Wars’ that I was a part of really was the beginning of my working life and I was very, very grateful for the opportunity that I had in that film and for the success of that film. It was great to be back.I was very grateful when I read the script because I read something that I thought was really remarkable, really well written and with some very intriguing developments.”
Following the panel’s Q&A session and the video, Abrams surprised the approxiametly 6,000 fans in Hall H by announcing that they were all heading outside for a surprise Star Wars fan concert performed by the San Diego Symphony at the nearby Embarcadero Marina Park South. That’s one way to clear the room out quickly.
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