Director and writer J.J. Abrams’ (Star Trek, Mission Impossible 3) thrilling adventure movie, Super 8, follows a group of friends (including Elle Fanning’s Alice) in the summer of 1979 in a small Ohio town as they witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie, they soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local Deputy and father of one of the group of friends (Kyle Chandler), tries to uncover the truth – something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined. Super 8 is out in cinemas now in the US, it’s scheduled for release August 5th in the UK. Check out what Elle Fanning and Kyle Chandler had to say about the film below.

How did you get involved in the film?

Elle Fanning: I didn’t know anything about it when J.J. first called me. I think just seeing J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg you’re just automatically attracted to it (laughs). When I first met J.J. I didn’t know what it was about, he didn’t slip any secrets or anything, then when I finally got the script and found out I got the part that was a huge deal.

J.J. asked me to come and meet with him, that was the first time I had ever met him, I didn’t know what we were doing together then a few months went by and I auditioned with the boys, all of us as a group, I think he just wanted to see us all together. After that he called me and each one of the boys separately and told us we got the part. I remember when he called me it was a total surprise, my Mum just handed me the phone, I didn’t know who it was, so he said, “Hey it’s J.J.” I was thinking, “Oh god I bet I didn’t get it.” Then he said I got the part, I was trying to act cool but I totally freaked out (Laughs).

Kyle Chandler: First of all you know you are working with J.J. Abrams, so you know as you read the script, you sort of get a sense for the scope and scale, but also within the scope and scale you’ve got these characters that have this emotional through lines that you know an audience can grab onto. You’ve also got characters that are constantly developing throughout the movie. It’s just another reason to sit and wanna be with these people. Visually you know with Mr Fong doing his thing, it’s going to be beautiful, you know the special effects are going to be incredible, you know you’re in good hands with the director, you know you’re in good hands with the producers, you know you’re in good hands all the way around. Basically I got the feeling that this was a no-brainer. I’m very fortunate to be apart of these bunch of folks (laughs).

You both play characters that have layered relationships with their respected parent or child. How would you describe your characters?

Elle Fanning: Yeah, Alice is definitely a tough girl, she lives in the poorer side of town. I think it’s fun having this tougher girl in this movie full of guys. The dynamic with her Dad is very special as well. It’s not the so called normal dynamic, she doesn’t have a Mum, she’s an only child and her Dad isn’t exactly the greatest, so doing this movie is an escape from him, she doesn’t want to spend her whole summer at her house with her Dad so she goes and films this movie, just for fun. Then it turns out to be unexpected and nothing like she would have thought it would have been (laughs).

Her Dad’s drunk all the time, she’s had to grow up really fast because he’s not always there, she’s really trying to get away from him at that time. Also it’s the same with Joe and his Dad, he’s trying to escape from his Dad as well, they sort of escape with this movie they’re making, that’s how they bond because of their relationships. Joe has always sort of liked Alice. At first Alice is not having it, she doesn’t like him, she’s not with it, then sooner or later she brakes down and it sort of becomes a love story (laughs).

Kyle Chandler: My characters name is Jack lamb, I’m the deputy of this small town, I’m also the father of this young boy Joe, their communication is not very good, his son is fourteen years old, which is an interesting time in a young mans life, you start coming into your own, he starts coming into his own. Bad times as far as my character is concerned though, he just lost his wife six months ago, Joe lost his mother. I don’t think in this household enough has been said or either of the characters know how to let that go, a lot of it has to do with the divide between the two of being in their own little worlds, not sharing their grief. Throughout the film it’s a nice process for my character to realize that…in the course of the film I can’t find my son, that if I don’t find my son I’ll never find myself. That’s a driving force that allows the character go from one to the other as far as the development stage, it’s nice to have that.

What do you think makes this film so appealing to varying ages?

Elle Fanning: I think it combines everything, it has the action and adventure for the boys, it also has the love story and the sweetness for the girls. I think adults will feel nostalgic towards it.

Kye Chandler: The movie has a little bit of everything. At the end you’re going to say, “I wish that lasted a little bit longer, I enjoyed that.“ Which is the same thing I said with probably every Spielberg movie I had ever seen, “I wish that lasted a little bit longer,” because it is that pleasing.

The movies got just about everything, it has got a heart, it has got a soul, it has got these transitioning characters, there’s mystery, there’s scary parts, there’s adventure, it’s a train that just goes faster and faster until BOOM. At the end like a say I believe people will want it to go a little bit more.