'Star Wars': J.J. Abrams Reveals Another Director Is Responsible for Key 'Force Awakens' Moment

Rey's journey wouldn't be quite as satisfying without it.
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There are a lot of fan favorite moments in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but one particular standout wouldn't have happened without a little help from a friend and colleague of J.J. Abrams. 

Abrams says fellow director Ava DuVernay had a suggestion for Rey's (Daisey Ridley) big confrontation with Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). 

"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 in a commentary track from the four-disc Force Awakens 3D collector’s edition, which is out Nov. 15.

The result of DuVernay's suggestion is the shot in which Rey has a quiet moment thinking of the Force as she holds off Kylo's lightsaber. (See the video below for a refresher and to hear Abrams speak about it.)

"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," says Abrams. 

The shot was captured during reshoots for Force Awakens.

DuVernay not only helped make the Star Wars universe a better place, she is currently at work on her own adaptation of a beloved sci-fi property, with the director set to helm A Wrinkle in Time.

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