Tuesday, December 3, 2019

JJ Abrams Talks Finn's Origin, Rey and Kylo's Connection in 'The Rise of Skywalker'

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By: Dominic Jones

JJ Abrams had a tall task when it came to making Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.  Not only did he have to make a great movie, he also had to make on that brought to an end the sequel trilogy and the entire nine film Skywalker Saga.  To do this, had to come up with exciting and satisfying conclusions to the character arcs of the heroes of this trilogy.  The director, as well as his co-writer Chris Terio, spoke about these challenges and teased what's to come in a new in a new series of interviews with Vanity Fair.


"We went into this movie very much in the mindset that this has to be conclusive," said Terio. "It has to. You have to get some answers. You have to learn some things."

One character who we will learn something about in this film is Finn, played by John Boyega.  Over the past two movies, we've seen Finn go from a brain-washed stormtrooper to a hero of the Resistance, but according to Abrams there's more to his origin that we will learn in The Rise of Skywalker.

"It is part of the story of this one," Abrams told Vanity Fair. "And it was alluded to in Episode VII, but there’s a bit more light shed on that in this one."

He also promised that all characters would have more details about their past revealed, saying, "I’m not saying we get full, exhaustive downloads on all of their childhoods and every major step that got them to where they are."

The director also discussed the connection between the two characters at the heart of this trilogy, Rey and Kylo Ren.  Abrams said, "They’re stronger, but because each is stronger, so is their adversary.  [They are] connected in this profound way, drawn to each other, curious about each other, knowledgeable about each other."

He later added, "the dichotomy of those characters is the thing that, for me, is most fascinating."

That dichotomy will clearly be at the hear of The Rise of Skywalker. The trailers and TV spots for the film have teased multiple confrontations between the two characters, including a showdown in the desert, on the wreckage of the Death Star, on the planet Kijimi, and in a mysterious white room that also houses Vader's burnt up helmet.

If you haven't seen the final trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker yet (or want to watch it again), you can do so below,


Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters on December 20th, 2019.  The film is directed by JJ Abrams, with a script by Abrams and Chris Terio, and stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Kelly Marie Tran, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams, Keri Russell, Richard E. Grant, Naomi Ackie, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, Joonas Suotamo, and Carrie Fisher.


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