Star Wars Episode VII: JJ Abrams Tells Why Things Are Top Secret for Episode 7

January 27, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Star Wars Episode VII director J.J. Abrams–and others involved with the movie, such as star Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker)–say that the movie could be ruined by spoilers and rumors that are erupting on the Internet.

Abrams had just arrived in the offices of Bad Robot, his production company, in Los Angeles the other day when he wondered aloud at the level taken to ensure secrecy for the highly anticipated project.

“Are you kidding me? My god. My office… I’m working on the Star Wars script today and the people in my office have covered up all my windows with black paper,” he told the Telegraph. “I guess they wanted to make sure no one could see what I was doing. It seems rather extreme.”

While Abrams may feel that his staff is going to extremes, he says that secrecy is necessary to provide a good viewing experience for Episode 7, even though he regrets trying to keep the identity of the villain in the recent Star Trek film secret.

“We were trying to preserve the unexpected for the audience, but it came across as if we were trying to be too clever,” he said

“Star Wars is in every way a different animal. It’s always been a more open, fan-engaged universe than I’ve been used to, so I’m sure there’ll be some sort of compromise. But it feels to me like there’s a purity in not knowing every little thing.”

Hamill agrees that the Internet and spoilers can ruin the film.

He told fans on Reddit in a question and answer session recently: “Im good at keeping secrets. Especially when the goal it to maximize the enjoyment of the audience. That’s why I’m worried about episode 7, they’re going after casting sheets!” he wrote. “Im [sic] trying to keep the surprises for the movie, not for the internet. I hate spoilers.”

There is some irony that just hours before the q and a, a fake Mark Hamill was spreading rumors on Reddit that Abrams was going to meld the worlds of Star Trek and Star Wars.

In the end, rumors and potential spoilers—and actual news—will keep coming out leading up to the film’s slated release in December 2015. But hopefully it all won’t be given away.

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