Even though the release of Star Wars: Episode IX is still a year away, fans are desperate for any news of J.J. Abrams' upcoming sequel - especially über fans like director Kevin Smith, who managed to get a sneak peek at the film during a set visit at Pinewood Studios in the UK.
Smith appeared on Good Morning America to promote his upcoming Kevin Smith: Silent But Deadly comedy special. During his chat with hosts Michael Strahan and Sara Haines, he discussed his heart attack earlier in the year that led to his recent weight loss. He also briefly discussed watching his episodes of Supergirl with wife Jennifer Schwalbach before revealing he recently spent a week on the set of Star Wars: Episode IX, where he was moved to tears during one of the two scenes he witnessed.
“J.J.’s doing the Lord's work," Kevin Smith said. "This movie looks fantastic. It’s a year away, but man, it looks fantastic. I wept on set because I saw somebody give a career-best performance. Somebody I’ve seen in these movies before. I rolled a tear, it was so darn powerful. Biggest set I’ve ever seen in my life. The dude’s not directing a movie. It’s like he’s directing a small country.”
Abrams is returning to the franchise he reignited with Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015, after taking a break from the franchise. Rian Johnson took over for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, with Colin Trevorrow originally slated to helm Episode IX. Following Trevorrow's departure, Abrams signed on to return to the Star Wars galaxy, which features a huge returning cast that makes it almost impossible to speculate on which actor made him weep during his set visit.
"I walked away learning a thing or two from J.J., man," Smith continued. "So actually, we go make a new movie in the new year, we're making a sequel to Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back called Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. So I'm ready man, having just come off the Star Wars set, I'm ready to put all that to work."
The latest sequel in the View Askewniverse that centers around Jay and Silent Bob - played by "heterosexual lifemates" Jason Mewes and Smith - will lampoon the sequel/remake/reboot mentality of Hollywood by once again heading cross-country to Hollywood to stop a movie from being made... again.
Star Wars: Episode IX hits theaters on Dec. 20, 2019.