The Rise of Skywalker: A look at The Skywalker Legacy

As The Rise of Skywalker arrives on digital and imminently on home video formats this coming Tuesday the eyes of the galaxy will not only be glued to the film itself, but also The Skywalker Legacy, the behind the scenes documentary which is, in a word, magnificent.

Documentary filmmaker Debs Paterson was the mind behind the documentary, stitching together hundreds of hours of footage, gathered over the course of the shoot and from archive footage, honoring the 9 film saga as well as the final chapter of the sequel trilogy itself.

Paterson takes a look at one of her favourite scenes from the film.

In particular, she cites the scene in which Kylo Ren’s (Adam Driver) TIE Silencer attacks Rey on the desert planet of Pasaana. “The light on that day was the most incredible thing you’ve ever seen in your life,” she says. “And the day before, and even up until like lunchtime on that day, [the light] had been quite average. But we suddenly had to make a change for some reason. And we were rushing over together and suddenly the light … it’s like the desert knew what we needed. It was properly amazing.”

“And that day where they shot the last scene with Daisy was a special one,” Paterson continues, citing the final scene in which Rey (Daisy Ridley) embraces the Skywalker name back on Tatooine. “By the [Lars] farm [set], there was this rainbow. There was a lot to do, but everyone just stopped because it was so weird. Again, it was like the land knew that it was a special thing somehow.”

  • Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver (Actors)
  • J.J. Abrams (Director) - Derek Connolly (Writer)
  • Spanish, English (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)