With Just 10 days to go before most of us get to see “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” we have some new information on the film, courtesy of the global press conference held in LA yesterday. Thanks to comicbook.com who kept excellent live coverage of the event that was hosted by Mindy Kaling (“The Office”), we have broke down some of the key information.

Lawrence Kasdan on Kylo Ren:

“There’s never been a character like Kylo in the saga,” Kasdan said. “He doesn’t have his shit together. When you see him, you get the conflict that people feel, that any one of us can have at any moment.”

J.J. Abrams was asked if Maz Kanata and Yoda ever crossed paths in the past:

“I do believe that Maz and Yoda at one point crossed paths,” JJ chimed in, “but of course do the events of the past films, that’s not something we’ll see in this one.”

Carrie Fisher on the differences with filming the Original Trilogy with the Sequel Trilogy:

“I am the beginning of Girl Power. Deal with it!” Carrie Fisher said after a question. “I got to be the only girl on a set with all boys on the original trilogy. Put stuff in their drinks. We drank all the time on the originals, this one was a sober set.”

jjabrams-director-starwars-theforceawakensJ.J. Abrams on the selection of character names:

Kasdan and JJ’s criteria for names was just, “Did we like it?” Abrams said, “A lot of names came and went, and some stuck. I remember when we put down BB-8, it was the first and only name that droid had. Rey, Finn, and Poe went through many iterations. Kylo Ren and Maz Kanata were there very early on.”

J.J. Abrams on if Ewoks will feature in the movie:

“No, there are no ewoks in this film. But there are a lot of them in Return of the Jedi,” Abrams answered.

Abrams on if there is a post credits stinger or easter egg:

“No there’s not,” Abrams said.


Abrams disussed Kylo Ren’s costume:

Abrams said that Michael Kaplan’s costume designs are “extraordinary. The most difficult one was Kylo Ren. I don’t know how many hundreds, probably thousands of iterations. During the process, the costume for Captain Phasma was designed, pitched as one for Kylo Ren! For story reasons that didn’t work, but she became one of my favorite characters in the movie. When we finally saw the mask and this design, it really quickly became the one.”

Carrie Fisher’s on trying to get her dog Gary in the film?

“I wish, I begged JJ. Gary was willing to sleep with him to be in the film. He didn’t like having him on the set!” Fisher said. “No I loved him!”he said.

Kathleen Kennedy was asked what’s not in the movie:

“Jar Jar is definitely not in the movie. Ewoks are not in the movie – that was because Harrison insisted,” Kennedy joked.

kathleenkennedy-starwars-theforceawakensKennedy also confirmed filming on Episode VIII will start in January:

Kennedy said that “not every single moment” of the trilogy is mapped out but “there’s great collaboration. Rian is ready, these guys are going to be heading over in January to start on Episode VIII”

Oscar Isaac and Harrison Ford on romance in the movie?

“Mostly with BB-8,” Isaac said. “There’s a real warmth there, there’s a give and take, and that’s who has his back in the X-wing. So if there’s any romance for Poe, it’s with those two little balls.”

“Hasn’t it always been like that?” Ford deadpanned.

Photos are courtesy of CNET.