In a new video released via Yahoo, Abrams discussed his process for creating the final cut of the film's climactic lightsaber duel. Apparently, Selma director, Ava DuVernay had a hand in influencing what made it onto the big screen as she gave the Star Wars helmer a few suggestions for the scene.
"One of them was that she really wanted to see Rey, Daisy [Ridley], in her attack on Ren, to have one really cool moment," Abrams says in the clip. "We re-shot this and had her take this moment of hearing the Force."
According to Abrams, the original scene featured Rey calling Kylo Ren a monster before pushing back. He thinks the re-shot worked better, though, as it shows Ridley's character remembering what Maz Kanata told her earlier in the movie about the Force.
"She basically feels it, accepts it, and is now ready to kick his ass," Abrams says.
Another one of the director's favorite moments was a close-up shot of Rey before she fiercely attacks with the lightsaber.
"It's a little thing, but it really connects you to her intensity," he says.
Ridley deserves a ton of credit for turning Rey into such a badass in The Force Awakens. She put in a lot of work getting those Jedi moves down.
Expect to see more of her awesome lightsaber skills when Rey and the gang return for #StarWarsEpisodeVIII next year.