JJ Abrams: Skywalker Has a Mythic Status in upcoming film

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J.J. Abrams recently sat down with EW, and discussed Luke Skywalker’s presence in Star Wars: The Force Awakens: “It was the thing that struck me the hardest, which was the idea that doing a story that took place nearly 40 years after Jedi meant that there would be a generation for whom Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Leia would be as good as myth. They’d be as old and as mythic as the tale of King Arthur. They would be characters who they may have heard of, but maybe not. They’d be characters who they might believe existed, or just sounded like a fairy tale.”