J.J. Abrams has been quite the busy guy for Lucasfilm. Directing a Star Wars film isn’t easy, especially when it’s the concluding chapter of an entire saga spanning over nine films. When a story lasts as long as the Skywalker saga, and is well-loved from many audiences around the world, it’s transformed from a cultural phenomenon to a movement of devoted followers.
Today, Star Wars fans were anxious to hear more about their favorite saga and its concluding chapter, The Rise of Skywalker, from director J.J. Abrams. This morning on Good Morning America, J.J. cut down to chase, literally. He revealed an exclusive scene from The Rise of Skywalker that reveals our heroes being chased by jet troopers on the planet of Pasanna. Take a look!
Yep, they fly now! Pretty cool, right? Although we’ve already seen these jet troopers in action from recent trailers, it’s always nice to get an extended look. Supposedly, this scene occurs earlier on in the film. Much more was discussed with J.J. Abrams than what was just shown. Here’s the entirety of J.J.’s interview from this morning on GMA.
I’d have to say that the most surprising turn of events from this interview was when J.J. revealed that a copy of the script for The Rise of Skywalker almost got sold on eBay! That’s some crazy stuff right there. Whichever actor/actress it was that left their script under their hotel bed, shame on you! Kidding, to the last. In all seriousness, I’m surprised how fast Lucasfilm took care of the matter. However, when it comes to the overall security and secrecy of The Rise of Skywalker story, it’s not a surprise none of us heard about this little predicament.
J.J also confirmed that as of yesterday, post-production of the film has been completed and is now ready for people to watch it! That’s pretty exciting news, since just a month or so ago, obvious fake rumors were spreading like a wildfire across Star Wars news that the film was in trouble and undergoing major reshoots. As always, never trust a random Redditor for news unless they have a historical record of getting things right.
Speaking of getting things right, J.J. Abrams revealed the new run time on a Sirius radio interview. Reports earlier on suggested the run time to be 155 minutes or in other words, 2 hours and 35 minutes, making it the longest Star Wars film to date. Unfortunately, it looks like a sizeable chunk has been removed from the film since this was last reported in October. The new run time was revealed to be 141 minutes or 2 hours and 21 minutes. This reveal is quite shocking because this means less time to answer all that needs answering and conclude the saga in a satisfying way. Personally though, run time is no indication of quality or performance. I don’t care whether how long or short it is, as long as it meets or exceeds my expectations. And in all honesty, I have no doubt it will. But here’s the interview anyway to calm any nerves you may now have.
J.J. Abrams isn’t the only one marketing the film. Daisy Ridley (Rey), Oscar Isaac (Poe), and John Boyega (Finn) are set to make their public appearances this week as well. Here’s their schedule as listed below.
Let’s not forget our notorious outlaw and Spice Runner from Kijimi, Zorri Bliss! A brand new photo of Keri Russell’s character was just released this morning, courtesy of Empire Magazine. Check it out!
Another character that will play an essential role to the story is Naomi Ackie as Jannah. Jannah was the leader of a warrior tribe on the moon of Kef Bir where the remains of the Death Star crashed at the end of Return of the Jedi. According to Empire Magazine, there is more to character than meets the eye.
“Jannah’s story links her up with the characters in a really interesting way,” Ackie teases to Empire in the upcoming Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker issue. “She has her own backstory, which makes her very invested in the fight. She has this fierce warrior nature, but a soft centre. There’s a part of her that is seeking connection with people, trying to build a family.”Empire Magazine
From what it sounds like, Jannah will be playing a pivotal role in a wild turn of events by helping our heroes achieve the impossible.
Now, I’m not much of a fan when it comes to cliffhangers, but today, I’ll leave you on one. Here’s an interesting tidbit from a French magazine featuring an interview from Daisy Ridley. It’s a must read! Especially for Reylo fans. 😉
Now that we are in the midst of the final stages of marketing for The Rise of Skywalker, expect to see a lot more revealed until the film releases on December 20th. Make sure to follow us for the latest news and updates regarding the final installment in the Skywalker saga.
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