The finale to the Star Wars franchise's Skywalker Saga, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, could be the film series' most epic. However, according to new cast member Naomi Ackie, the upcoming sequel actually has a surprisingly grounded feel.
Ackie, who portrays the new character Jannah in the film, revealed that filmmaker J.J. Abrams has taken a surprisingly grounded approach in directing the movie. This included providing the sets and costumes with a more lived-in, worn feel and preferring to film closer shots rather than wide, sweeping shots to capture the full grandeur of the fantastic, sci-fi worlds.
"It feels very grounded," observed Ackie in an interview with Vanity Fair. "There’s the kind of spectacular-ness, and the supernatural move-things-with-your-mind magic stuff, but then there’s also this really grounded, rugged nature where everything is distressed and old and kind of worn out and lived-in. And I think playing with those two ideas means that you get this feeling that it could almost be real. Like, in a galaxy far away, it could almost be the case that you could have this.”
The prequel trilogy written and directed by George Lucas had employed a cleaner aesthetic than the original trilogy and frequent, panning establishing shots to unveil the new settings to audiences. Judging by Ackie's comments, Abrams will keep the action in The Rise of Skywalker more intimate and immediate than its counterparts.
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, Matt Smith, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams and Carrie Fisher, with Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant. The film arrives Dec. 20.