French electronic duo Daft Punk recently sat down with Los Angeles radio station KROQ for a rare interview. During the interview the pair talked about a wide variety of topics, but spent a lot of time discussing their optimism for the forthcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, which will be directed by J.J. Abrams.
Abrams, who has most recently been involved in the popular reboot of the Star Trek franchise, was chosen to helm the newest addition to the Star Wars universe. Reactions among Star Wars fans were, of course, mixed. It appears, though, that Daft Punk have every confidence in the director’s ability to do the saga justice. The duo, which consists of Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, told KROQ’s Stryker that they have long been fans of Abrams’s work, and were “really excited” about his work on Star Wars.
Abrams revealed earlier this month that Episode VII is scheduled to begin filming in January of 2014, with an eye toward a 2015 release. Lucasfilm – and their new masters at Disney – have remained extremely tight-lipped about the new movie. While nothing has officially been confirmed, strong rumors have suggested that the principle cast of the original Star Wars trilogy – Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford – will all be reprising their roles.
During their interview with KROQ Daft Punk, who are famously reclusive when it comes to the media, never making any public appearance without their masks, spent time talking about things other than Star Wars, too. The pair revealed that they had learned through friends that former Beatle Paul McCartney is a fan of their most recent album, Random Access Memories, and that they would love to work with former Beach Boy Brian Wilson, though they have yet to gather the courage to approach him.