Watch J.J. Abrams Answer Burning Questions From Celebrity Fans, Including George Lucas
At the present time, the commonfolk of North America are approximately seven weeks, thirteen hours, and twenty-five minutes away from the midnight premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It looks like we’re not getting a new trailer any time soon, so we’ll need something to keep our mind occupied until then or else we’ll start thinking about eternity and the universe and death. Luckily for idle-minded Star Wars fans, Vanity Fair has offered to occupy four of the thousands of minutes separating the good people of the United States from the seventh installment in our space-war franchise.
Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams agreed to a little recorded Q&A session with a variety of celebrity inquisitors delivering queries on Hollywood business, the veil of secrecy covering his upcoming film, and LOST (which, Abrams notes with a hint of indignation, was Damon Lindelof’s brainchild, not his).
For a career writer, Abrams gives some decidedly uncreative answers to a lot of the questions, brushing them off with a syllable or two, though his pitch for a Jar-Jar Binks spinoff series on Netflix is good for a laugh. The real highlight of the video is more the questions than Abrams’ answers, which are probably legally prohibited from offering any real information. The stars of HBO’s Silicon Valley pop in for a geek-to-geek moment, and Academy Award-winning 30 Seconds to Mars frontman Jared Leto needles Abrams for not casting him as a pink-haired Chewbacca. It is the most humanizing, relatable comment that Leto has ever gone on record as making.