With Star Wars: Episode IX now moving on to post-production, filmmaker J.J. Abrams has revealed whether or not fan response to the preceding film, The Last Jedi, affected the production of the upcoming sequel.
While attending a red carpet event, Abrams, who directed and co-wrote Episode IX, was asked if his latest film was informed at all by the mixed response to Rian Johnson's film.
"No, I think that every movie is its own movie, and obviously this is a trilogy," observed Abrams in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. "We brought to [Episode IX] all the passion and hard work that we would have no matter what. So I think the story speaks for itself. I really, truly can't wait for you to see it."
Principal photography on the upcoming Star Wars film officially wrapped last week, concluding seven months of filming. While LucasFilm has remained tight-lipped about the movie, there were reports last year that the sequel would be a "course correction" for the franchise after the divided response to The Last Jedi and Solo: A Star Wars Story.
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, Matt Smith, 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.