Star Wars in Vanity Fair: Abrams talks killing Jar Jar, shows off new cast portraits

After keeping much of the production hidden, the curtain is finally starting to come down surrounding J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The sci-fi sequel is the focus of a massive spread in the latest issue of Vanity Fair (it hits newsstands Tuesday, May 12), which features some gorgeous cast portraits by photographer Annie Leibovitz and a few thoughts from Abrams about how to reintroduce the franchise all these years later. The cast photos show off both new and old actors (mostly new), including Adam Driver (who, it's now confirmed, plays Kylo Ren) and Lupita Nyong’o. Of course, Harrison Ford’s Han Solo also pops up on the cover.

What else came out of the piece: It seems Abrams agrees with most of fandom when it comes to Jar Jar Binks, as he seriously considered “putting Jar Jar Binks’s bones in the desert there” for the fans hardcore enough to notice. Well played, J.J., and we’ll keep an eye out in the sand.

The director also touched on what it was like to get Ford back into the saddle as Han Solo, after he was initially worried the actor might not be too excited to return to the character all these decades later:

"[He] was excited to get back in those shoes again, which was really interesting because I thought he hadn’t been a fan. I kept hearing those rumors when I was a kid. I knew that he had done in some movies a kind of more growly thing, and I didn’t want Han to be growly. There was a fire in his eyes that you see in the movie."

Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens Dec. 18.

Check out the new pics and some behind-the-scenes footage below.

(Via Vanity Fair)

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