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How Ava DuVernay Improved a Crucial Moment in 'The Force Awakens'


With a deluxe 3D collector's edition of Star Wars: The Force Awakens getting ready to hit stores in a little less than a month, we're getting all kinds of goodies from the film trickled out little by little. In addition to the recent arm-ripping deleted scene, we're also getting a taste of J.J. Abrams' director's commentary via this new clip. As you can see above, the clip comes from the famous climactic showdown between Rey and Kylo Ren which was apparently much different in the script. 

In an attempt to put Star Wars fans' minds at ease over the notion of reshoots, Abrams shares an anecdote about how his friend and filmmaker Ava DuVernay (Selma) made a suggestion to him which was incorporated into the film. According to Abrams, when Kylo Ren makes the offer to teach Rey the ways of the force, she used to just scream, "Monster!" and then unleash her attack on him. DuVernay was the one who suggested that she commune with the force before making the decision to refuse his offer, and honestly it plays so much better. 

It's a shame DuVernay wasn't able to be the helmer for Black Panther, but maybe she's angling for a job in the Star Wars universe... And honestly, who could blame her?


Photo Credit: Splash

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