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Star Wars: J.J. Abrams sheds light on the First Order’s Starkiller Base

by Brandon Russell | November 13, 2015November 13, 2015 11:00 am PDT

The onslaught of Star Wars coverage continues with new information on General Hux (Domnhall Gleeson), who is described as someone with a mobster mentality by a fresh report from Entertainment Weekly. The new report also reveals information about the First Order’s Starkiller Base, which is visible in the official poster for The Force Awakens (and was also the last name of Luke Skywalker before George Lucas changed it).

If you thought the Death Star was scary, the Starkiller Base makes that seem like a kid’s toy.

According to director J.J. Abrams, the Starkiller Base is technologically superior to the Death Star, and therefore much more powerful. “What it’s capable of, how it works, and what the threat is, is far greater than what the Death Star could have done,” Abrams said.

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Its exact capabilities weren’t revealed, though if we were to guess what it can do based on its name, this massive weapon will be able to destroy suns, let alone planets. One shot in the trailers might actually back this theory up. When we see a huge red shockwave annihilate that forested planet might actually be the result of a dying star, not necessarily a direct strike from the Starkiller Base’s weapon.

In charge of said weapon is General Hux, who Gleeson said is defined by “arrogance and contempt.”

“There’s an air of superiority, and being better than those people around you,” Gleeson said. “He’s pretty ruthless. A strong disciplinarian would be a mild way of putting it.”Gleeson added that his character’s personality often clashes with the goals of Kylo Ren, who is on a mission to destroy the last remaining Jedi.

“[Hux] is kind of the opposite of Kylo Ren,” Gleeson said. “They have their own relationship, which is individual and unusual. One of them is strong in different ways than the other. They’re both vying for power.”

That doesn’t bode well for the Resistance, or the universe as a whole. Two maniacs with their fingers hovering over a weapon of mass destruction. We’ll have to see how it all plays out when Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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