The main publicity train for “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” has yet to really leave the station, though a full new trailer should be coming very soon which will likely get it into gear and help push this conclusion to the Skywalker Saga.
Before it comes though, both the film’s screenwriter Chris Terrio and its director J.J. Abrams have dropped some new tidbits about the film in recent interviews. Speaking with Empire, Terrio was asked what two questions fuel the story for the upcoming film.
His response is interesting, with the first dealing with an issue that caused so much debate in the wake of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” – that of Daisy Ridley’s Rey and her potential lineage:
“One of them is a simple one: ‘Who is Rey?’ which is a question that people not only wonder about quite literally, but wonder about in the spiritual sense. How can Rey become the spiritual heir to the Jedi? We kept coming back to ‘Who is Rey?’ and how can we give the most satisfying answer to that not only factually – because obviously people are interested in whether there’s more to be learned of Rey’s story – but more importantly who is she as a character? How will she find the courage and will and inner strength and power to carry on what she’s inherited?”
The second question he has in mind is much larger in scope even as it is more nebulous in nature:
“The second one is ‘How strong is the Force?’. It sounds a little simple, but actually when you get down to it, that is a sort of Zen Koan that we would really meditate on – not literally in yoga poses or anything, but like we would discuss, ‘What is the Force and how strong is the Force?’ Those two things were really important.”
The return of Emperor Palpatine is another element of the upcoming film, though questions still remain about how he returns and even why is he returning as he has had no part to play in the current trilogy. Speaking to the same outlet, Abrams defends the choice of his return:
“Some people feel like we shouldn’t revisit the idea of Palpatine, and I completely understand that. But if you’re looking at these nine films as one story, I don’t know many books where the last few chapters have nothing to do with those that have come before. If you look at the first eight films, all the set-ups of what we’re doing in IX are there in plain view.”
Also today a photo has been posted of Babu Frik, a tiny droidsmith who works among the Spice Runners of Kijimi and can reprogram or modify virtually any droid – regardless of the security measures protecting its systems. That photo can be seen above.
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” opens December 20th 2019.