Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy Talks Star Wars: Episode VII: ‘There Will Be More Emphasis On Characters’

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has revealed that the new Star Wars film will focus on character development. Speaking at the Star Wars celebration in Europe this weekend, Kennedy says the company is fast at work.

This news comes after the confirmation that John Williams will be doing the score for the new movie.

The executive producer managed to provide a few not-too-revealing but interesting updates on the production while speaking on a panel hosted by Harry Potter actor Warwick Davis.

Kathleen Kennedy at the War Horse premiere in London (WENN)

“The story and characters are all we’re talking about right now,” said Kennedy. “We have an amazing team at ILM, who can create fantastic effects, but if we don’t have a great story and characters, the effects mean nothing.

“I do think making huge popular culture – and I’ve had the good fortune to be a part of a lot it – is really hard to do and get right. And if you don’t spend the time you need on developing characters, and finding stories, complicated stories, the audience gets tired because they think they’re seeing the same thing again and again.”

The film will apparently combine real locations with special effects.

“It’s a conversation we’re having all the time in the development of ‘Episode VII.’ Looking at all the Star Wars movies and getting a feel for what even some of the early films did, combining real locations and special effects – that’s something we’re looking very seriously at,” she revealed.