Following the announcement that Episode IX will officially be titled The Rise of Skywalker many fans have been questioning the meaning behind it. With Luke Skywalker killed off in previous movie, The Last Jedi, there are no characters left to bare that name.
Could Kylo Ren – the son of Han Solo and Leia Organa (really Skywalker) – be the character referred to? He seems fairly beyond redemption at this point but we could be wrong!
In a new interview director JJ Abrams sheds a little light on what The Rise of Skywalker might really mean.
“The title feels like it’s the right title for this movie, and I know that it’s provocative and asks a bunch of questions,” explained Abrams in a live interview with Entertainment Tonight. “But I think when you see the movie, you’ll see how it’s intended, what it means.”
“In the flow of titles, this movie had a very weird responsibility,” Abrams admitted. “It had to be the end of not just three movies, but nine movies, and the idea of having to incorporate the stories that have come before strangely is the story of the movie.”
The film will see the return of Daisy Ridley (Rey), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata), Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), Kelly Marie Tran (Rose Tico), Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca), and Billie Lourd (Lieutenant Connix).
Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), and Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian) will also all return to reprise their iconic roles from previous films.
The late Carrie Fisher will appear via previously unreleased archive footage.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits cinemas December 20, 2019.