Jimmy Kimmel pulled out all the stops for his all Star Wars episode Monday night.
The cast of the upcoming Force Awakens, including Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega and director J. J. Abrams, joined Kimmel for a group interview and to goof around in some sketches.
Those sketches included a hologram Fisher projected by R2-D2 saying she wouldn’t wear her original bun wig from a A New Hope and then came Harrison Ford, who stopped by to talk Chewbacca down from jumping off a ledge while reminiscing about their time together over the years, which included playing board games and Ford combing the wookiee’s hair.
“The most anticipated sequel I think since the New Testament,” Kimmel said during his monologue of the upcoming installment. “Americans know more about Star Wars than we do actual wars.”
Abrams was the first guest. Alone, he talked to Kimmel about the film, which opens Dec. 18.
“We have a couple more color corrections, but we’re done,” Abrams said. “I can’t tell you the relief I feel.”
Abrams said a handful of people — close friends and family — have seen the film, but he is excited to see it with an audience.
“It is a movie that will be a lot of fun to watch with a crowd,” he said.
A portion of the main cast — Fisher, Ridley, Driver and Boyega — then joined their director to talk about when they learned they had been cast in the movie. Ridley said she was in the middle of a play when she got the news and Adams was on the last day of shooting the HBO series Girls.
Boyega said the first person he told when he got the news was his father. “He said, ‘Oh my god, that is fantastic! What is Star Wars?'” Boyega said.
The cast then talked a little bit around the audition process, including that fact they they had to memorize lines because they couldn’t take the script.
Star Wars fan and former guest on Kimmel’s show, 7-year-old Arden Hayes, joined the cast on stage to play a game of franchise trivia. Hayes easily won the trivia game and was rewarded with a wheelbarrow full of toys from the film.