By now, most people have seen the footage of Rey and BB-8 walking determinedly across the sand plains of Jakku in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In a new video from CBS' 60 Minutes, however, fans can now get their first brief glimpse into how the franchise's new superhero and droid first met.
In the video, J.J. Abrams can be seen talking to one of the 60 Minutes correspondents about how he came up with the design for BB-8. Much like his predecessor George Lucas did in the original trilogy, Abrams wanted to use the least amount of CGI as possible and during the design process for the new droid, went to a puppeteer to have his vision come to life.
The actual scene where Rey and BB-8 first meet (about seven minutes into the video), as seen through the editing suite Abrams was working in, will feel similar to the first time Luke Skywalker meets R2-D2 and C-3PO in A New Hope. This fact didn't go unnoticed by either Abrams or the 60 Minutes reporter who asked the director if that was his intention.
"You said it not me," Abrams joked, while watching the video play on the screen. "But that's what I'm hoping for, yeah."
The video also offers some more behind-the-scenes glimpses of Abrams in action, as well as new interviews with the director who spoke briefly about the pressure of taking on the movie and the excitement he has over it finally coming out.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters this Friday.