Selma Director Helped Shape a Duel in Force Awakens

In a new clip from the audio commentary for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, director J.J. Abrams discusses how Ava DuVernay (Selma) helped shape a moment in the film’s climactic fight between Rey and Kylo Ren.

Abram’s describes how he showed “an early cut to

friend Ava DuVernay and she had a bunch of great suggestions. One of them was that she really wanted to see Daisy

in her attack on

Ren…have one really cool moment.”

Abrams later identifies the specific shot: a close-up on Rey with the lightsaber in both hands over her head as she goes in for a final attack. Abrams points out, “

little thing, but it really connects you to her intensity.”

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