J.J. Abrams Met With George Lucas Before ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’

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J.J. Abrams revealed at Star Wars Celebration Chicago over the weekend he consulted with George Lucas before writing the Episode IX script.

George Lucas handed off the franchise to J.J. Abrams when production on the sequel trilogy began. George Lucas had story ideas of his own for the sequel trilogy before J.J. Abrams took it in a different direction with veteran Star Wars writer Lawrence Kasdan. George Lucas’ Sequel Trilogy is said to have dealt with a microbiotic world and the Whills of the Force.

The first trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker debuted at Star Wars Celebration over the weekend and is the beginning of the end for the Skywalker saga. Some have criticized Lucasfilm for not having a clear blueprint for the sequel trilogy and MTV News‘ Josh Horowitz asked J.J. Abrams how the ending of the Episode IX story came together:

“There have been a lot of ideas since the beginning, since George first came up with this, of where things could go. We had a meeting with him before we even wrote the script about this. So a lot of what we have taken, is really taken to heart, everything that’s come before. While it’s been obviously significantly challenging, it’s been a greater opportunity than a challenge. I cannot wait for you to see what this movie is.”

You can watch the rest of J.J. Abrams’ interview with MTV News below:

Do you think bringing back Palpatine was George Lucas’ idea? How do you think J.J. Abrams will close out the Skywalker saga? Comment below!

Directed by J. J. Abrams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, Keri Russell, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Ian McDiarmid and Billy Dee Williams. Carrie Fisher will appear as General Leia Organa through the use of previously unreleased footage shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be released in theaters on December 19, 2019.

Source: MTV News

Ryden Scarnato

Ryden Scarnato

Ryden's affection for all things DC, Marvel, and Star Wars has led him to entertainment journalism at Heroic Hollywood as a News Editor.