Monday, December 2, 2019

New 'The Rise of Skywalker' Cast & Crew Interviews

By: Dominic Jones

The final installment in the sequel trilogy, and the Skywalker Saga as a whole, hits theaters next month and the cast and crew want to make sure you know about it.  Many members of the cast and crew have been out and about lately and answering questions about Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.  We've compiled some highlights from their interviews, including talk shows and fan Q&As, and featured them below,

First we have the new fan Q&A that took place earlier today at the Galaxy's Edge theme park (in front of the Millennium Falcon, naturally).  The Q&A was hosted by Tiffany Smith, and featured director JJ Abrams and cast members Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Kelly Marie Tran, Keri Russel, Naomi Ackie, and Anthony Daniels.  Check it out below,

Also released today was new feature from People TV about the film, which features interviews with Abrams, Ridley, Boyega, Isaac, Tran, Russel, Ackie, Daniels, as well as Billy Dee Williams, Jonas Suotamo, and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy.  You can check it out below,

Boyega also made an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where he talked more about the missing script and also said some things that will definitely not be heard in The Rise of Skywalker.  Check it out below,

Ridley, meanwhile, made an appearance on Live With Kelly and Ryan earlier this week to discuss the film.  You can check it out below,

In an interview with Empire Magazine, Ridley also revealed what she took from the set of the final film.  She said, 

"You don't see it, but Dark Rey may perhaps be wearing a ring. So I was like, ‘Awesome’ – I had something that means nothing to anyone, that wasn't there on that filming moment. But I'm like, ‘That's f**king cool’. It's red and chunky and I like it. I did choose the ring. And there was nothing really in it except I just liked it."

Isaac also made a talk show appearance in the past week, appearing on Late Night with Seth Meyers, where he discussed meeting the King of Jordan while shooting the film.  Check it out below,

The Poe Dameron actor also spoke with Entertainment Weekly Live, where he discussed his last day on set...which also happened to be Anthony Daniels' last day on set.  Check it out,

Adam Driver was also recently interviewed by Rolling Stone, where he recalled being on a flight after filming the final scene for Kylo Ren.  Driver said,

"Everybody else was asleep, and I didn’t even realize that I was just sitting there in a daze.“These movies have been a part of my life for six years. That’s a hard thing to wrap up — where they have taken me, and what I’ve learned in making them, that there’s an ending to these movies. How do you begin to process what that means? It was just the weight of it. You’re finally sitting, and you have six hours to think about your last shot. Did I get it right? Was this line right? Was that right? There’s lots of things to process."

Williams recently did a sit down interview with Esquire where he spoke about the ending of the story, saying (with a wink),  "It’s a conclusion—certainly it depends on how much money is generated. That’s when they determine where’s the conclusion. The one thing about show business, you can resurrect anything."

The 82 year old actor also spoke about embracing gender fluidity, saying, "And you see I say ‘himself’ and ‘herself,’ because I also see myself as feminine as well as masculine. I’m a very soft person. I’m not afraid to show that side of myself."

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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