J.J. Abrams got help from Ava DuVernay editing 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

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John Boyega as Finn in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens.'

Yahoo Movies has debuted an exclusive clip from Star Wars: The Force Awakens featuring commentary from J.J. Abrams, in which Abrams reveals that an edit to a climactic lightsaber scene was actually suggested by the director of Selma, Ava DuVernay.  

 

“I showed an early cut to my friend Ava DuVernay, and she had a bunch of great suggestions. One of them was she really wanted to see Daisy, in her attack on Ren, have one really cool moment,” says Abrams before pointing out a closeup of Ridley about to deliver a decisive blow to her rival. “So she has this incredibly internal moment that is sort of extended in movie time where she basically feels it, accepts it, and is now ready to kick his ass.”

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