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Practical effects, familiar faces, and an old hunk-of-junk freighter are just some of the staples in [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158) that promise to bring fans back to the basics of the original trilogy, while adding in the spice of new faces and new adventures. Director J.J. Abrams and his team have been working tirelessly to "get it right", and with under a month until the premiere, he's made another promise: a return to the genuine, wild and sometimes more simple style of lightsaber combat that Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader brought to life in the original trilogies.

When you look at Star Wars (A New Hope) and Empire (Strikes Back), they are very different lightsaber battles, but for me they felt more powerful because they were not quite as slick [as the prequels].
I was hoping to go for something much more primitive, aggressive and rougher, a throwback to the kind of heart-stopping lightsaber fights I remembered being so enthralled by as a kid.

It seems as though the new film will have something for everyone, and realistic lightsaber battles to boot -- given how nervous Finn looks handling the blade, it seems as though fans can expect a lengthy, hopefully awesome development where we follow the character into Knighthood. Hopefully.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens on December 18th.


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