Director J.J. Abrams has had the windows of his Los Angeles production studios blacked out in an effort to keep the details surrounding his new Star Wars movie top secret.
The filmmaker famously tried to keep casting and plot information for another sci-fi franchise, Star Trek, under wraps while he was working on the movies, and he admits his penchant for secrecy has really rubbed off on some of his Bad Robot production staff, who have taken it a step further that even Abrams finds over-the-top.
Discussing the lengths his co-workers have gone to for the highly-anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII, he tells the Telegraph.co.uk, "Are you kidding me? My god. My office... I'm working on the Star Wars script today and the people in my office have covered up all my windows with black paper. I guess they wanted to make sure no one could see what I was doing... It seems rather extreme."
Abrams recently confirmed Breaking Bad star Jesse Plemons has been in talks for a possible Star Wars role, but he has so far avoided sharing any other information with fans - and he admits he is keen to keep it that way.
He says, "Star Wars is, in every way, a different animal (than Star Trek). It's always been a more open, fan-engaged universe than I've been used to, so I'm sure there'll be some sort of compromise (on how much information to share publicly). But it feels to me like there's a purity in not knowing every little thing."
However, Abrams has been unable to keep others involved in the planned blockbuster silent - original Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher has confirmed she will be reprising her role as Princess Leia, while Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill will also be back.