Star Wars: The Force Awakens' J.J. Abrams explains the 'seductive' power of The Force

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Nov 20, 2019, 6:51 PM EST (Updated)

Since we already know J.J. Abrams is putting the kibosh on those controversial midi-chlorians, the director has opened up about how the Force itself will fit into his new Star Wars sequel.

Considering the seventh proper film in the franchise is subtitled The Force Awakens, it's not much of a surprise to hear that the titular Jedi power will play a key role in the sequel. In an interview with The Los Angeles Times, Abrams chatted about the Force and how the Dark Side has survived all these years since the original trilogy. 

It’s interesting to actually get Abrams waxing poetic about the Force, and he seems to have some well-formed views of how he will interpret the mythical power. Basically, Abrams said they’re keeping the concept of a “light” and “dark” side of the Force, though he went on to explain why people actually go to the Dark Side in the first place. That power is seductive, and in the vacuum created in the wake of the original trilogy, it was a very appealing idea for some.

Here’s an excerpt from his comments:

“I do think the sort of obvious answer is that the Force has a light side and a dark side. It’s not just one thing. It’s not just that the Force is good, the Force is ... it can be a very dangerous thing. It can be a very seductive thing. I think that the story clearly requires a conflict of some sort … If people were rejecting the dark side somehow entirely it would be a hard thing to figure out what we would be up against. It was part of the, what felt like an authentic and true inevitability of what might of happened in the years post-[Return of the Jedi]."

Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens Dec. 18.

What’s your take on Abrams’ explanation of the Force? Do you think it’s a good direction?

(Via The Los Angeles Times)

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