Kevin Smith talks Star Wars: Episode VII, confirms Stormtroopers

Stormtrooper_CorpsIf there is one filmmaker who is not hiding his excitement for J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars Episode VII, it’s Kevin Smith. The Clerks director is currently in the UK touring animated film Jay and Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie along with Jason Mewes and his podcast Hollywood Babble-On with Ralph Garman. Before the show last night in London however, Kevin Smith was invited to the set of Star Wars Episode VII, the details of which he spoke about before the Hollywood Babble-On show.

Smith noted that he had signed a non-disclosure agreement so he couldn’t talk any specifics, but he did say that he saw costumes, characters and sets that took him back to his childhood.

“They had a sign at on the stage – I can’t even say which stage – which had the Imperial Starship logo and it said, ‘loose lips sink starships”.

“I’m really excited and you know, people keep saying that I liked the last trilogy and I did. I liked 1, 2 and 3. But I liked them as an adult, when I watched them they didn’t give me the same feeling I had when I was seven watching them for the first time and that’s fine. This movie though… Dude, I cried four times. The seven year old in me came. [J.J] has f*cking captured it, man. He has nailed it.”

Due to the non-disclosure agreement, Smith couldn’t say much more but he gave his co-host Ralph Garman a pad with some words to read out which he then nodded to in agreement. When asked, “did you see Stormtroopers?”, Smith nodded his head with the biggest smile on his face.

Smith also confirmed lightsabres and blasters, but that was pretty much a given.

Star Wars: Episode VII sees returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Kenny Baker (R2-D2) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), while newcomers to the galaxy far, far away include Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Andy Serkis (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Domhnall Gleeson (Dredd), John Boyega (Attack the Block), Daisy Ridley (Silent Witness), Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave) and Max von Sydow (The Exorcist).

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  • DarthBrian

    ‘loose lips sink starships’

    There are no starships in Star Wars. Star Wars has space ships. Star Trek has starships. Idiot Abrams.

    • swansea


    • Andy

      Don’t be that naive. “Now let me get you something…”

    • Jedi77

      Actually, Star Wars have Stardestroyers. So, they do have starships

    • John T.

      “I’ve outrun Imperial starships.”

      -Han Solo,
      Star Wars

  • James G

    So the empire was destroyed. No more Emporer. But there is still storm troopers… 30 years later. Huh?!!! That doesn’t make any sense. It also destroys everything that was faught for in the original trilogy. This is just a great big insult to George Lucas & to be honest…. MY CHILDHOOD MEMORIES!!!! Thanks a bunch Abrams. You just ruined the original trilogy for me. Even the dreadful prequels didn’t do that.

    • Christopher Adcock

      You do understand that the story was written and approved by George Lucas himself, right? The screenplay was written by Abrams and one of the original trilogy scribes Lawrence Kasden from Lucas’ story treatment. PLUS, Lucas, as creative consultant, gets to approve or vito any story elements that don’t work. Don’t be so quick to dismiss the thing before we know more about the story. J.J. isn’t an idiot. And your childhood memories? Please…have a little faith in these filmmakers for Chewie’s sake.

      • HolyFranchiseBatman!

        I seriously doubt that Lucas has the ability to veto or approve anything after Disney paid him $4 billion. He’s “creative consultant” in name only.

        Edit: And Michael Arndt wrote up Lucas’ story, which Abrams and Kasdan then rewrote to apparently shift the focus more to the old cast.

        • Christopher Adcock

          You may be right. I seem to remember reading an article stating that he had such powers but I can’t find that particular piece anymore. Still though, it would be silly to think that Lucas has ZERO say in the way the film ends up. And, yes, I know Arndt wrote up the screenplay but I wouldn’t be surprised if Abrams and Kasdan get top billing in the writing department.

          • perdner

            JJ scrapped Arndt’s screenplay and treatment. JJ took the story back to the drawing board, with Kasdan.

      • perdner

        There’s actually no news stating this is based on Lucas’ story. Lucas’ story was in the treatment he worked on with Arndt, which has been scrapped by JJ.

    • Andy

      Lol, you’re going to eat those words in about a year and a half.

    • Micheal Willis

      Just because the emperor is dead, doesn’t mean the empire just collapses and the good guys regain the empire.

      I could easily see an Alexander the Great situation take place, where in the vacuum after the Emperor’s demise, various generals and governors seize pieces of the empire for themselves.

  • A7sus4

    Suddenly I feel a kinship with Kevin Smith as I too like (okay, I love) 1, 2, and 3. They’re awesome. But I have no doubt that this movie will really seek a visual continuity that those movies did not.

    • perdner

      Continuity? Kevin Smith said the Falcon’s cockpit was smaller than in Empire and Jedi. How did the Falcon’s cockpit shrink?