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Expect to See That ‘Checkmate’ in The Rise of Skywalker

The Rise of Skywalker will be the end of a saga…but not the end of Star Wars. It will be interesting to witness what other filmmakers do with the franchise. Although they will be required to follow a specific direction, new faces like Kevin Feige will be able to find new ways to keep the franchise fresh and new.

“I love that world [Star Wars] and I love the notion of exploring new people and new places in that universe.”

Kevin Feige

Although we probably have a long way off before we see any Star Wars films from Kevin Feige, one film that’s nearly upon us is The Rise of Skywalker, coming December 20th.

The Rise of Skywalker has been an incredible journey for both fans and filmmakers alike. With as much footage that has been revealed, many fans like me are still in the dark as to what this film will feel like. You could say that it feels like a ‘chess match’.

“What’s amazing about the story and the script is that you learn that both the Sith and the Jedi have been playing a very long game. From the get-go, there’s been this chess match. All these pieces have been played. And now we get to see who gets checkmate.”

Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron)

I feel like Lucasfilm enjoys playing with my emotions. Enough with the chess match already, guys! Then, when I see stuff like Darth Rey, the adrenaline starts pumping and my mind goes into non-stop speculation mode. I then understand how Gollum must have felt.

“That’s not fair! It’s against the rules!”


Although it doesn’t seem fair at the moment, I’d rather be shocked than spoiled. Being shocked is all a part of the emotional journey us Star Wars fans have come to love and appreciate.

“The whole of Star Wars is about good and evil. With every character, you see some struggle. So, in a way, no. Because it’s the most human thing to see someone struggle with two things within them that are pulling them both ways. If you understand why someone is going on the journey, you will be on the journey regardless. So, hopefully, you’re shocked in a fun way, but you’re also emotionally with her.”

Daisy Ridley (Rey)

But like I said before, the emotions aren’t only one-sided.

“[It’s fun] because you get to do all of the human emotions rather than just, ‘I am all baddie. I am all goodie.’ With the dark Rey stuff – who knows what’s happening there. But that, in particular, was fun. Because even though I’m exploring the light and dark of Rey, there’s a different vibe, she still looks like Rey.”

Daisy Ridley (Rey)

I’m totally cool with a ‘different vibe’. Some of the best movies I’ve watched are when the unexpected happens. However, there is always a risk that’s involved with making moves like that, especially with Star Wars. Between that ‘vibe’ there is balance. But you also have to know when it’s time to be daring and not afraid to make something unique and original. This is the constant fight filmmakers have with Star Wars.

“On this one, I let myself be, at least in the way I was approaching the thing, freer. In Episode 7, I was adhering to a kind of approach that felt right for Star Wars in my head. It was about finding a visual language, like shooting on locations and doing practical things as much as possible. And we continue that in Episode 9, but I also found myself doing things that I’m not sure I would have been as daring to do on Episode 7.” 

J.J. Abrams

This is why I personally, love The Last Jedi. Although the film is not perfect, it definitely earned its place in the Skywalker saga. It tried a new bold approach. It made its own ‘vibe’ while also respecting the original. You could say that The Last Jedi was a breath of fresh air for the Star Wars franchise.

“Rian helped remind me that that’s why we’re on these movies – not to just do something that you’ve seen before. I won’t say that I felt constrained or limited on 7, but I found myself wanting to do something that felt more consistent with the original trilogy than not. And on 9, I found myself feeling like I’m just gonna go for it a bit more.”

J.J. Abrams

Go for it, J.J.!

Although, it sounds easy to say that, in reality, ending a saga that spans over 40 years can be a ‘tricky thing’ to do.

“The ending of this trilogy of trilogies is a tricky thing. This movie has to work on its own. It’s got to have its own beginning, middle and end. It can’t make the mistake of a lot of sequels, where you just assume a character is beloved, where the movie suffers because the character is suddenly lacking. We can’t assume anyone cares.”

J.J. Abrams

If anyone is in for a surprise, it’s us. Meaning, both of us. I mean, fans and the entire Sequel cast and crew. Because after watching the last trailer for The Rise of Skywalker, I’m still in awe. it feels original, while also feeling familiar at the same time. This is where that ‘balance’ is achieved. You could say that this ‘balance’ was described in The Last Jedi.

“That’s how we’re gonna win. Not fighting what we hate. Saving what we love.”

Rose Tico


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