When filming commenced on J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII back in May, the director distributed a heartfelt note to his cast and crew to mark the occasion. The decidedly lo-fi approach still managed to hit the web quite swiftly, and the sentiment was soon spread across the galaxy. (Well, probably; it certainly trended in this universe.)
Abrams, who is apparently really into expressing his thoughts via the written word (lens flares simply don’t fit on the traditional thank you card, after all), has again taken to writing things down to express gratitude. This time around, the director is thanking his cast and crew for their stellar work on the next Star Wars film, which just wrapped filming last week.
The full text of the note reads:
To the Extraordinary Cast and Crew of Episode VII:
It is a true honor and absolute joy to come to set every day and work alongside each of you. Your professionalism, passion and patience is more deeply appreciated than we could ever express. From the deserts of Abu Dhabi, to the Forest of Dean, to the stages of Pinewood, you have risen to every challenge and been as wonderfully kind as you are brilliantly talented. Our ambition here is large, of course, and it must be: we are here to make a film that entertains millions of people, of all ages, for generations. To create an experience people will cherish watching as much as we will cherish having made it, together. How lovely it would be if you had, in addition to your name on the screen, some actual real tangible proof that you were part of it! Here, then, is that proof. Wear it well, wear it healthily, wear it proudly. But, mostly, thank you.
JJ Abrams Kathleen Kennedy Bryan Burke
Yes, everyone got a hat, too. Yes, we’re slightly disappointed that said hats don’t transform into light sabers.
Perhaps now we can finally start actually anticipating a trailer for the film. There are entire generations of children who are mere moments away from having their lives changed—hopefully, for the better—by whatever Abrams and his crew have put to the big screen. Star Wars: Episode VII will open on December 18, 2015.