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It’s the grand finale to the entire 9 film trilogy of trilogies, and it would seem that J.J. Abrams is taking a similar approach to his predecessor Rian Johnson and not only changing the way a Star Wars film is approached, but very much following his gut. Speaking with Vanity Fair, he explained his feelings on Episode IX.

“Working on nine, I found myself approaching it slightly differently… It felt slightly more renegade; it felt slightly more like, you know, f*** it, I’m going to do the thing that feels right because it does, not because it adheres to something.”

Abrams also broached the subject of legacy, in the sense that the characters of The Rise of Skywalker have to tackle the burdens and choices made by characters in the previous eight films.

“And it’s the sins of the father, and it’s the wisdom and the accomplishments of those who did great things, but it’s also those who committed atrocities, and the idea that this group is up against this unspeakable evil and are they prepared? Are they ready? What have they learned from before? It’s less about grandeur. It’s less about restoring an old age. It’s more about preserving a sense of freedom and not being one of the oppressed.”

And as stated, The Last Jedi and Johnson’s different approach to making a saga episode has given Abrams chance to come at IX from another angle.

“Having seen what Rian did made me approach this from a place of instinct and gut. I was making choices I knew I would not have made on VII, some story-wise, but more in terms of directing. I found myself feeling less like I’m going to try and do something that feels like it’s [only] true to the specifics of this franchise or the story.”

With his obvious love, affection and knowledge of the saga, we can only be excited to see the results of his labours. The Rise of Skywalker hits UK screen on 19th December 2019, just 200 days away.

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