The director of The Force Awakens says he's done his best to keep the script a secret

By Tim Nudd
Updated February 20, 2015 09:40 AM
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If you heard a rumor about the upcoming Star Wars movie this week – well, it just might be true. Or not.

J.J. Abrams, the director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, addressed the issue of leaked plot points for the highly anticipated film. And while he wouldn’t address any specific leaks, he did say some theories circulating aren’t as outlandish as others.

“We did the best we can to preserve the story for the audience, but it doesn’t always work,” Abrams, 48, told the BBC at the Irish Oscar Wilde awards in Los Angeles on Thursday, where Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher was being honored.

Rumors have been circulating this week that a major character is killed in a violent twist in the upcoming film, which takes place 30 years after Return of the Jedi. However, Abrams didn’t address that particular gossip item directly.

“There are a ton of rumors – some true, some false,” he says. “But I’m grateful for everyone who would want to read a spoiler because it means that they care and want to see the movie I know what it feels like, as an enormous Star Wars fan myself.”

Star Wars: The Force Awakens will hit theaters on Dec. 18.