If you’ve been keeping up with recent Star Wars news, then you’re somewhat familiar with the characters featured in the poster above. One thing that hasn’t been talked about much is that mysterious space station featured in the background. It very much looks like what some are calling “Death Star 3.0“, after the first two were destroyed in the original films. Well as it turns out its exactly that and so much more.
Here’s Abrams on the new “Starkiller Base” (via EW):
“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.”
We’re all accustomed to movie sequels going bigger and badder. It makes all the sense to have weapon that is rumored to destroy
planets star systems, because you can’t exactly have the same threat three times in four films (Episode IV, VI, VII). As for who commands this Starkiller Base is narrowed down to one person, General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson). His look and stature in the photos released resemble one Grand Moff Tarkin. Until now, we haven’t really heard much about this Hux character. Who is he as a person? What does he desire?
Here’s J.J. Abrams on General Hux (via EW):
“There’s an air of superiority, and being better than those people around you. He’s pretty ruthless. A strong disciplinarian would be a mild way of putting it… “You don’t get that high up in your life that quickly unless you’re pretty ruthless. You have to put a few people down on the way to get there.”
“It’s in the title: order. 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.”
“The fear of individuality [drives him]. People who are messed up themselves often want to squash the individuality out of other people because they’re afraid of what it means.”
It sounds like General Hux will be the menacing representation of what The First Order stands for. Considering how great of an actor Gleeson is, I’m excited to see his skills applied to a character this evil and self imposed. It makes me wonder how his relationship with Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) will be. From what we’ve seen so far of Ren, he’s every bit as evil and ruthless as Hux. Except he’s skilled with a lightsaber and knows the force.
Here’s J.J. Abrams on the relationship between Kylo Ren & General Hux (via EW):
“He’s kind of opposite Kylo Ren. 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.”
In light of how much The Force Awakens intends to honor the original films, it looks like they also intend to outdo the scale of those films. All the pieces are in places, and the only thing that remains is seeing it all play out. We’re a little over a month away till that happens.