The highly anticipated 9th episode of the Star Wars franchise is just days away from its public’s release.” Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” debuts in theaters on December 20th. We had the amazing opportunity to hear from the cast and creators during the global press conference. Following, is what they had to say about Episode 9 of the beloved franchise.
Director, J.J. Abrams talked about his return to the franchise after “The Last Jedi“, directed by Rian Johnson. Abrams felt that Johnson has set things up such as the cast being separated in the Last Jedi. It gave Abrams the opportunity to reunite the cast for another grand adventure.
President of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, spoke on why she believes Abrams was perfect to adapt the films he did for the franchise. Kathleen states, “…the one thing I know about Star Wars and the one thing I know about these kinds of tentpole movies is this unique combination of needing dramatic storytelling, gravitas, and a great sense of humor”. Kennedy believes because Abrams has these qualities in his film making that he was perfect for the development of The Force Awakens and Rise of Skywalker.
The legendary Billy Dee Williams reprises his role as Lando Calrissian in this film. Williams said that even though he hasn’t seen the other films in the trilogy, that it was easy for him to jump right back into his role. He also was very thrilled to work with J.J. Abrams and said that he was extraordinary.
The cast from The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi returns along with a few new-comers. Keri Russel takes on a new character, “Zorii Bliss”. Joonas Suotamo assumes the role of Chewbacca after Peter Mayhew’s unfortunate passing earlier this year.
Don’t forget to catch “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker“when it hits theaters December 20th!
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