jj abrams star wars the rise of skywalker

With the Star Wars films constantly changing hands from director to director, it’s difficult for some filmmakers to be beholden to fan expectations.

J.J. Abrams, who returns to direct Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker after introducing the sci-fi franchise to a new generation with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is feeling that pressure, especially on the heels of the rule-breaking, fandom-dividing film that was Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi. And while some are concerned that he may fall back on the rosy nostalgia that made The Force Awakens such a mammoth success, Abrams hints that he might be going rogue with the final film in the Skywalker Saga.

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Update: The original source claiming that Kylo Ren was fighting the Knights of Ren and that Allegiant General Pryde is Hux’s father has changed.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is the end of an era. But fittingly, the ninth and final film in the Skywalker Saga is bringing things full circle. While new characters, both allies and enemies, will be introduced in the highly anticipated new Star Wars film directed by J.J. AbramsEpisode 9 will have more than a few familiar elements that offer some kind of poetic symmetry.

An extensive report from Vanity Fair reveals a slew of new Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker photos along with new details about new characters played by Keri Russell, Richard E. Grant, Naomi Ackie, as well as a few familiar faces that will be back. And just like it all started, we’re ending it on a desert planet. Read More »

Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker

It hasn’t even been one week since we saw the first teaser trailer for Star Wars: Episode 9, which revealed the perplexing and exciting title of The Rise of Skywalker. Since then, fans have been abuzz with theories about what the title means, but they’ve also been wondering just how this chapter will end the Skywalker saga, especially considering that shocking, menacing laugh from the end of the teaser trailer.

Unfortunately, director J.J. Abrams isn’t being too forthcoming with details, but as we sparse through various interviews conducted during Star Wars Celebration, there are some nuggets of hints to be found. The same can be said for interviews with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. Find out what Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker details come out of these conversations below. Read More »

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Trailer Easter Eggs and more

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, take a look at some hidden details and Easter eggs you might have missed in the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Plus, watch the interviews that followed the The Rise of Skywalker panel from Star Wars Celebration, as well as the full panel itself, just in case you missed it on Friday before the weekend. Read More »

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When the Star Wars Episode 9 teaser trailer premiered this morning revealing the title of the film to be Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, many fans began to speculate who it referenced or what it meant. Director JJ Abrams gave an interview following the reveal and assures fans that it’s “the right title for this movie” and vaguely hints at why. He also mentions that he met with George Lucas before filming began and seems to (if you read between the lines) provide an explanation for Emperor Palpatine’s return. Find out why, after the jump.

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

While appearing on the Star Wars Celebration live feed, John Boyega gave some hints at what we can expect in JJ Abrams’ Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. It seems we can expect to get more answers and clarity and also more interactions between our fan favorite characters.

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

This is /Film editor in chief Peter Sciretta and joining me are managing editor Jacob Hall, and writers Hoai-Tran Bui and Chris Evangelista to talk about Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. We talk about the newly announced title for Star Wars Episode 9, the revelations from the presentation at Star Wars Celebration, our reaction and breakdown of the trailer, our concerns on the teased Palpatine reveal and speculation on the title and much more. Join us and geek out about Star Wars!

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Lucasfilm debuted the first trailer for Star Wars: Episode 9 at Star Wars Celebration in Chicago this Friday, and with that, the official title of the final film in the Skywalker Saga. The title Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker at first seems like an appropriate bookend for a franchise that started with a young farmboy 40 years ago (and plays into director J.J. Abrams fascination with synonyms for “get up”). But that title also raises a lot of questions for the plot Episode 9 that may retcon some answers about Rey (Daisy Ridley) already established in 2017’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Or perhaps it could suggest a promising new arc for our trilogy villain, Kylo Ren (Adam Driver).

Whatever the case, this title, and the trailer accompanying it, has raised several Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker title theories. Let’s dive in.

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker deathstar

The teaser trailer for Star Wars: Episode 9 – The Rise of Skywalker hit today, and in typical J.J. Abrams fashion, it presented us with a bunch of questions. The one I want to talk right now is the location we see at the end of the trailer. We see what appears to be the Death Star, last seen in Return of the Jedi, now crashed on some planet.  Of course, fans are probably wondering how this can exist since we saw the second Death Star destroyed by the Rebellion in the Battle of Endor. Let’s attempt to answer this question below.

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker speculation, and therefore possible spoilers, lie ahead.

In the newly released trailer for The Rise of Skywalker, we hear a familiar laugh. Sheev Palpatine. And was that the second Death Star? How could something like this happen? How is this even possible?

Well, we’ve compiled all the scenarios, from least likely to most likely, just so you have the analysis you need.

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