Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker director J.J. Abrams promises that the film will give fans a meaningful and cohesive ending to the franchise's main saga. In a couple of months, the ninth installment of the Skywalker story will hit theaters. Marketing has been measured for the movie, revealing very little details with regard to its plot. But its helmer and writer is assuring longtime followers that they're in for a satisfying narrative.
After a couple of sneak peeks and several marketing materials, Disney and Lucasfilm are set to release the last trailer for The Rise of Skywalker later today. Fans are hoping that it'll get them a little bit more detail on what to expect in the movie. It's already confirmed that the story will pick a year after the events of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, as well as the return of Emperor Palpatine. But however things pan out for Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), Poe (Oscar Isaac), and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), as well as the Resistance and the First Order, it will effectively wrap up the overall narrative of this nine-film saga.
Speaking with EW for the outlet's November magazine issue, Abrams opens up about the massive task at hand when it comes to sticking the landing for The Rise of Skywalker. Despite the immense pressure, he's confident that people will be satisfied with the conclusion he crafted for his beloved narrative.
“This is about bringing this thing to a close in a way that is emotional and meaningful and also satisfying in terms of actually answering [as many] questions as possible. So if years from now, someone’s watching these movies, all nine of them, they’re watching a story that is as cohesive as possible.”
“While there were many things that were planned for and discussed — George Lucas himself said when he created this he saw it as three, three-act plays — that doesn’t mean there isn’t discovery, that doesn’t mean there aren’t things that come up that make you realize, ‘Oh, here’s an opportunity.' It also doesn’t mean that there’s a list of payoffs that we have to do because of setups. But we also were very much aware this is the end of the trilogy and it needs to satisfy. We went into this thing knowing it has to be an ending. We’re not screwing around.”
The Rise of Skywalker isn't the only major Disney franchise that's having some sort of ending this year. Marvel Studios' recently wrapped their 22-film Infinity Saga arc with Avengers: Endgame. Considering the public's reception of how directors Joe and Anthony Russo and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely wrapped up the first era of the MCU, fans have set a high bar when it comes to cumulative movies. And just how Mark Hamill's Luke Skywalker tells Rey in the trailer that everything that came before her all boils down to her upcoming adventure, four decades of stories all ends in Star Wars 9.
It's no secret that the sequel trilogy in general has had their rough patches in terms of development and production, but none of that would matter if Abrams make a satisfying ending in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. It's a tough job considering the varying opinions of the fan community in terms of Disney's handling of the IP, but that doesn't mean that it can't be achieved.
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019