Nearly three months have passed since Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit theaters and continued the beloved saga, but down in Austin, Texas for SXSW, the force is still strong among fans, who eagerly lined up and waited for a sneak peek at a new behind the scenes documentary. Secrets of the Force Awakens won’t be available to the public until the film releases onto digital platforms on April 5, but festival attendees got to see the feature-length documentary a few weeks early with a very special surprise guest.
Director J.J. Abrams was on hand at Austin’s Paramount Theatre to introduce the doc, which offers the kind of making-of details that fans would have killed for before the release of The Force Awakens. Now, finally, Abrams is pulling back the curtain. “This is something that I’m really excited for you to see,” Abrams said. “What’s so cool about this is that it shows and highlights people who put their heart and soul into making The Force Awakens. They were the greatest group of filmmakers, artists, and storytellers. To get to see the people behind the scenes was fun, frankly, even for me, and I was there.”
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Here are some behind-the-scenes highlights from Secrets of the Force Awakens: