‘Star Wars’: J. J. Abrams Did Not Plan To Return After ‘The Force Awakens’

Star WarsMany fans were thrilled when Lucasfilm announced that J. J. Abrams would return to co-write and direct Star Wars: Episode IX following Colin Trevorrow’s exit from the project. Though it may feel appropriate for Abrams to close out the trilogy he helped kick off, the filmmaker recently stated that he initially had no plans to return to the franchise during an interview with Rolling Stone.

Abrams explained why he decided to return to the Star Wars franchise and what he hopes to bring to the final chapter of the sequel trilogy:

“I had no intention to return. But when the opportunity presented itself to finish a story that we had begun with these new characters, to tell the last chapter of their story, it felt like there was a chance to do it in a way where we could go beyond, and  do better than we did in Seven. I learned so much in that movie and I saw that this was a chance to sort of realize something that we hadn’t quite achieved – and part of that was it was simply the beginning of these new characters and their story. The opportunity to sort of take what we had learned, to take the feeling of who these characters are and what they are and give them a final chapter that felt in the spirit of what we begun? It was too delicious of an opportunity to pass up.”

Furthermore, Daisy Ridley shared her reaction to hearing that Abrams would return to direct Episode IX:

“Everyone was saying it was going to be Rian and everything, so I was genuinely quite surprised and was like ‘Oh my God!’ and I started crying immediately with three people in the office. And they were like, ‘What the fuck just happened?’ So I emailed J.J. saying, ‘Oh my God I am crying.’ And he goes, ‘Oh my God, me too.’ And then we had a conversation a few days later and we stay in touch. But we stayed in touch the whole time anyway.”

Are you excited to see J. J. Abrams return to conclude the sequel trilogy or you among the fans who are concerned that the filmmaker will retread old territory in Episode IX? Share your thoughts below!

In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.

Written and directed by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis, Laura Dern, Kelly Marie Tran and Benicio del Toro.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be released in theaters on December 15, 2017.

Source: Rolling Stone

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