Oscar Isaac has confirmed Star Wars: Episode IX will indeed bring an end to the Skywalker saga in the franchise.
"It is the end of the entire Skywalker saga. Nine stories. This is the culmination of the thing," Isaac said on The Today Show. "I think what J.J. [Abrams] has done, and really the whole Lucasfilm team, is going to be incredibly fulfilling. It's also special for us because you get to learn a lot more things about these characters."
Isaac's words echo Abrams' sentiments last July when the director admitted he would be looking for a proper way to bookend the adventures of the most famous family in a galaxy far, far away; especially in the wake of Carrie Fisher's (aka Princess Leia) death.
"We desperately loved Carrie Fisher. Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her eluded us. We were never going to recast, or use a CG character," Abrams said. "With the support and blessing from her daughter, Billie, we have found a way to honor Carrie’s legacy and role as Leia in Episode IX by using unseen footage we shot together in Episode VII."
It will certainly be heartbreaking news for diehards who grew up in the '70s and '80s on the journey of Mark Hamill's Luke Skywalker. With the prequel trilogy in the 2000s focusing on his father, Hayden Christensen's Anakin, fans were disappointed not to have gotten more of the Skywalkers in the latest trilogy. With Luke being killed off, Ben Solo turning evil as Kylo Ren and Leia also set to fade into the sunset, it does seem we'll be heading for new pastures in the Star Wars universe as Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi hinted.
Directed and co-written by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: Episode IX stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Keri Russell, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams and Carrie Fisher, with Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant. The film is scheduled to open on December 20.