JJ Abrams: ‘Some of the rumours about new ‘Star Wars’ movie are true’

Abrams' film has been shrouded in secrecy but rumours continue to circulate online

Director JJ Abrams has admitted that some of the rumours about the new Star Wars movie circulating online are true.

Plot details leaked online last August (2014) suggest Abrams’ film will follow the search for missing Jedi Master Luke Skywalker against the backdrop of the threat posed by a weapon of mass destruction. More recent rumours have claimed Abrams’ film will introduce the first female stormtrooper, played by Game Of Thrones‘ Gwendoline Christie, and alleged that Abrams wants to bring the film’s release date forward to thwart further leaks.

“We did the best we can to preserve the story for the audience, but it doesn’t always work,” Abrams admitted during an interview with BBC News. “There are a ton of rumours – some true, some false. But I’m grateful for everyone who would want to read a spoiler because it means that they care and want to see the movie. I know what it feels like, as an enormous Star Wars fan myself.”

“I can’t wait for you to see it,” the director added. “It’s been a blast working on this and luckily we have an incredible post-production team. There are always challenges as you go but it’s been a complete kick to put this together.”

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set for release on December 18 this year and takes place 30 years after the events of Return Of The Jedi. The film’s script was penned by Abrams, Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt and Star Wars franchise veteran Lawrence Kasdan.

Alongside the returning trio of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, the film’s cast also includes Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow and Andy Serkis.