As the director and co-writer of 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens and next month's The Rise of Skywalker, J.J. Abrams approached the upcoming sequel much differently than the earlier Star Wars film.
According to Abrams, he took a more liberated approach in crafting the finale to the Skywalker Saga. He no longer felt bound to adhere as closely to the original trilogy as possible, in terms of tone and narrative.
"On this one, I let myself be, at least in the way I was approaching the thing, freer," Abrams told Total Film. "In Episode VII, I was adhering to a kind of approach that felt right for Star Wars in my head. It was about finding a visual language, like shooting on locations and doing practical things as much as possible. And we continue that in Episode IX, but I also found myself doing things that I’m not sure I would have been as daring to do on Episode VII.”
Abrams noted that this less conservative approach was inspired by The Last Jedi filmmaker Rian Johnson, whose 2017 film took a far riskier path with the iconic space opera franchise than its predecessor.
"Rian helped remind me that that’s why we’re on these movies -- not to just do something that you’ve seen before," Abrams explained. "I won’t say that I felt constrained or limited on VII, but I found myself wanting to do something that felt more consistent with the original trilogy than not. And on IX, I found myself feeling like I’m just gonna go for it a bit more."
Directed and co-written by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker 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 arrives December 20.
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