Director extraordinaire J.J. Abrams – the man behind the first two films in the rebooted Star Trek franchise and, of course, last year’s box office-slaying Star Wars: The Force Awakens – added another string to an already well-equipped bow yesterday by debuting his singing ability in public.
In an effort to commemorate Star Wars Day – not yet recognised by the UN as an official worldwide day of celebration, strangely – Abrams appeared on the steps of the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York City alongside rising star Lin-Manuel Miranda, who’s about as big of a deal in the entertainment world at the moment as Abrams is at your local Comic-Con.
The significance of this creative double act is that Miranda, who is earning mass acclaim in the US as the creator and star of the smash Broadway musical Hamilton, penned a special song with The Force Awakens director for use in the film. Entitled ‘Jabba Flow’, its lyrics comprise entirely of Jabba the Hutt’s language, Huttese – because the big ol’ slug had to be represented in the new movie somewhere, right?
Check the clip of the impromptu performance below:
The clip is another mini-treat for Star Wars aficionados as they count down the days and months until the next instalment in the series (as well as serving as a stark reminder that Miranda’s mere presence in NYC at the moment is eliciting the kind of adoring screams that we’d normally associate with the height of Beatlemania), and you can now download the song on iTunes by following this link.
Anyone else hoping for an entire Jabba-inspired mixtape for the next film?