The end of an era, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is opening wide very soon. Here is what we do and don’t know about this film as of this writing:
- There is a new kind of Stormtrooper, the red Sith Trooper. Edward Lauder has more details and commentary.
- Coffee with Kenobi: United Airlines bought a commercial spot that runs starting on Thanksgiving.
- Chris Smith on a fan who noticed a link between The Mandalorian and Rise of Skywalker.
- The script almost leaked out thanks to an unnamed actor leaving it under their bed and it being sold on eBay. Glad to hear Disney got it back so it wasn’t spoiled. Thanks David Gonzales:
- Speaking of the script, before ever putting pen to paper, J.J Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy and Chris Terrio had a “long meeting” with George Lucas to get his thoughts on what Rise of Skywalker should/could be.
- Mike Fleming / Deadline reports Colin Trevorrow is donating his residuals from his work on the film to the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice, a British center in Berkshire.
- Eric Ital covers the Twitterverse universally negative reaction to Stormtroopers with jetpacks.
- Carrie Fisher passed away before this film started shooting, however there was some unused footage in Episode VII that JJ Abrams intends to use in this one:
“We realised we could not possibly tell the end of these nine films without Leia. We realised that we had footage from Episode VII, and we could use it in a new way.”Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker – Leia’s original plan revealed
Here are The Rise of Skywalker official trailers starting with the teaser:
My Anticipation for this Film
I’ve held off on talking much about Star Wars to date, but now is as good a place as any to share my take on the franchise up to this point in time. The Mandalorian is the most excitement I’ve had for Star Wars in a long time. I feel like Jon Favreau has at least a pulse on what old school Star Wars is about. Disney Star Wars with some very small exceptions (like The Mandalorian) has not excited me.
When growing up, Star Wars was my favorite science fiction fantasy adventure. I had the figures, followed the comic book (yes, there was one of them) and was all-in for the original trilogy. I was also excited when George Lucas announced he was making more, but a bit disappointed in them being prequels instead of a continuing adventure.
Apparently, when Lucas sold Star Wars to Disney he had scripts or at least treatments for a new trilogy beyond Return of the Jedi and Disney shelved his ideas in favor of their own. Maybe we’ll never know if Lucas’ films would have been better than Disney’s, but I can always dream that we’ll get another George Lucas Star Wars. Doubtful, yes, but nothing wrong with dreaming.
Interestingly, I’ve not rewatched any of George Lucas’ prequels and hope to do that before seeing The Rise of Skywalker next month. I’ve seen the original trilogy several times, including recently. Those three movies are the best of the best again and only brief flashes of what those were I’ve seen in the Disney Star Wars movies. Moreso with The Mandalorian, which has some real good momentum going so far. I’ve always thought a movie on bounty hunters would be an exciting idea.
I was less excited about the adventures of Han Solo and, while I’ve seen that movie it wasn’t as interesting to me as The Mandalorian.
So, with that understood, I’m currently a lukewarm Star Wars fan. Not for many years, really, have I been a diehard fan of the franchise. I’m a fan of The Mandalorian and the original trilogy and some of what was done in the prequels. I really need to revisit the Disney Star Wars movie (one is on Disney+, the other on Netflix) prior to seeing The Rise of Skywalker, to be able to process my feelings on those and to rate and write a proper review.
As of this writing, I have fairly low expectations for The Rise of Skywalker wrapping up the series in any super satisfying manner. In my mind it was already wrapped up good with Return of the Jedi ad everything since has pretty much felt like a money grab more than necessary extension of the original trilogy.
Now, they are just wrapping up the last two movies in the franchise. Am I looking forward to it? A little bit, yes. but not going to wait in any long lines for it and am not even sure if I’ll preorder tickets, so that might mean I won’t be one of the very, very first moviegoers to see it.
Am OK with that.
Between now and next month when it’s released my excitement could increase. It probably will naturally as more is learned, but for now I’m going to see it as soon as I can when it opens like any other movie.. Honestly, I was more excited to see another Rambo and Terminator movie this year then am looking forward to seeing this film. Doctor Sleep ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ has been the highlight sequel for me in 2019 so far. Can this be better?
Will soon find out.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opens in theaters wide on December 20, 2019.