J.J. Abrams explained why Baby Yoda is “the heart” of Star Wars

In the role currently the attention of fans of Star wars It should be focused on one thing: the premiere of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. However, since the series debut The Mandalorian In mid-November, the followers of this saga and much of the world have their sights set on another phenomenon of a galaxy far, far away: “Baby Yoda.”

That's why in the prelude to the premiere of Episode IX since Esquire They asked director J.J. Abrams what , thought about “Baby Yoda”. Thus, instead of simply saying that it was the most adorable thing in the world or supporting it on the Porgs as did Daisy Ridley, the person in charge of The Rise of Skywalker reflected on the link between the creature and what it is Star Wars

“Look, I think the fun thing about telling stories in this galaxy is that you can take things that are familiar to you and you can adjust them, increase them, comment on them, continue them,” Abrams said. “It is a world that is looking to expand. I mean, the original films did the most remarkable thing by referring to the Clone Wars, the Empire, the Senate, and the Ancient Wars, never showing any of these things beyond a painting of this past canvas. It's amazing how intimate it was. But It always felt like there was a peripheral life, a story and a world beyond what you were seeing. ”

“Star Wars is constantly expanding and the ability to choose a character like Yoda and say,” What would happen if we created a Yoda baby? ” The reason why these things are reasonable for people is because it is not just about nostalgia but something significant, a story that has a lot of depth, roots, power and resonates with a human heart, a beating heart ”, The director explained.

The Mandalorian is set in a world after the events of Return of the Jedi, where in a hidden place in the galaxy the titular character assumes a mission linked to a small creature of the same species of Master Yoda. A premise that, according to Abrams, is precisely the center of what is Star Wars

“This is the kind of thing that, when they succeed, when there is something that feels like an‘ attraction ’, it’s not just cute but it implies a story. Wake up the imagination ”, Abrams sentenced. “That is the question, whether it is to bring Lando back to find out what , was in, present a new character and a new droid or a brief glimpse of Baby Yoda. All these things are about the possibility, the potential, and that is the heart of what Star Wars is. ”

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker it will be released on December 19, while The Mandalorian presents its episodes loaded with Baby Yoda week by week in the United States.

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