While Star Wars fans are losing their minds over The Mandalorian on Disney’s new streaming service Plus, Entertainment Weekly just dropped the exclusive inside scoop on that other big Star Wars chapter dropping next month, The Rise of Skywalker.
Skywalker will be the 9th and final installment of the saga’s tale about the eponymous family. To honor the occasion EW has three collectible covers from each of generation of the family.
The war to end all @StarWars. #TheRiseOfSkywalker’s cast and director invite us behind the scenes of the epic and mysterious finale 42 years in the making. Read our December cover story by @jameshibberd: https://t.co/cHrjjOVuNr pic.twitter.com/Oc4JHhvq7M
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) November 19, 2019
According to EW: “Despite a deadline crunch to make the film’s Dec. 20 worldwide launch (EW’s interview was conducted in late October), Abrams says he’s feeling “infinitely better” at this very late stage about The Rise of Skywalker than he was about The Force Awakens.”
“We had more reshoots on Episode VII than this one,” Abrams says. “We had more story adjustments on VII than this one. We didn’t know if these characters would work, if the actors would be able to carry a Star Wars movie. There were a lot of things we didn’t know. On this, we knew who and what worked, and everyone is doing the best work I’ve ever seen anyone do. But the ambition of this movie is far greater than Force Awakens. What we set out to do was far more challenging. Everything is exponentially larger on this.”
For example: Disney has released three trailers for The Rise of Skywalker. Some of the shots are stunning and seemingly revealing: desert scavenger–turned–Jedi apprentice Rey (Daisy Ridley) and First Order leader Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) clashing with lightsabers on the half-submerged wreckage of the second Death Star, which was blown up in Return of the Jedi; Rey facing off against a somehow resurrected Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid); the Millennium Falcon flying into a massive armada of Star Destroyers. Plus, those bewildering teases of Rey turning to the Dark Side and teaming up with Kylo.
Last week Ridley told EW: Daisy Ridley has four words to describe Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. EW asked for three, but Ridley gave four because she’s an actress who literally gives 133.33 percent. “Definitely dark….” Ridley begins. ”
There are bits that are genuinely scary,” she continues. “Cool: Dark and scary…”
“And sad,” she adds.
And watch the final trailer below.