For better or worse, fans can expect for years to come that there will be another Star Wars film on the horizon to look forward to. But as director J.J. Abrams points out, the difference with the highly-anticipated film, The Rise of Skywalker, is that this will mark the conclusion to a story that has lasted over four decades.
Abrams, who also directed 2015's The Force Awakens, recently did an interview with Entertainment Weekly to discuss the upcoming film, and how he believes it will end the saga. The 53-year-old filmmaker explained:
“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.”
Though this is the last film of the Skywalker Saga, Abrams also assured that it won’t just be about tying up loose ends, adding:
“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.’”
There is no doubt that The Rise of Skywalker will be an intense and moving film for all generations of fans. It hits theaters on Dec. 20, 2019.