The First Order has risen to take the place of the Galactic Empire in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, becoming the premiere villains of the films. Now, director J.J. Abrams has shed some light on the organization, whose origin will be explored in the next film in the series, The Rise of Skywalker.
Abrams spoke with Vanity Fair about the First Order, comparing the group to a real-world consequence of World War II. "It was almost like if the Argentine Nazis had sort of got together and actually started to bring that back in some real form," he said. The presence of the neo-imperial First Order shades the ending of Return of the Jedi, revealing the destruction of the second Death Star and the death of the Emperor were only roadblocks for the prevalent evil in the galaxy.
Vanity Fair also revealed the origin of the First Order will be explored in the upcoming film, giving fans a better understanding of what exactly this organization is and what its goals are going forward. Plus, with the film also set to finally introduce the Knights of Ren and explore the ruins of the second Death Star, it looks like The Rise of Skywalker will further tie the original and sequel trilogies together.
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.