by: Jay Carlson – Editor-in-chief
Another day, another batch of Force Awakens nuggets from Anthony Breznican over at Entertainment Weekly.
Today we have some new information regarding Starkiller Base that Death Star looking orb menacingly hanging over everyone in the official theatrical poster released last month. Abrams reveals, “It is very much — and it’s acknowledged as such in the movie — apparently another Death Star,” Abrams says. “But what it’s capable of, how it works, and what the threat is, is far greater than what the Death Star could have done. Starkiller Base is another step forward, technologically speaking, in terms of power.”
It would seem Starkiller Base is an evolutionary step. If the Death Star was the atomic bomb, Starkiller Base is a nuclear threat.
And who would be the guy with his finger on the button? That would be Domhnall Gleeson’s General Hux. “There’s an air of superiority, and being better than those people around you,” he says. “He’s pretty ruthless. A strong disciplinarian would be a mild way of putting it.”
As far as what’s driving Hux, Gleeson says “It’s a desire to lump everything in its place and just have power. The desire for power is hugely motivating for a lot of people and normally the people who want all the power are not the ones who should have it.”
It’s not surprising that someone who wants to have a stranglehold on the galaxy might butt heads with Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren, who like his cobbled together lightsaber seems… unstable.
“He’s kind of opposite Kylo Ren,” Gleeson says. “They have their own relationship, which is individual and unusual. One of them is strong in different ways than the other. They’re both vying for power.”
I guess we’ll see how that struggle plays out when Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens on December 18th.