J.J. Abrams on why he chose the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker title

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The teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was released this past Friday during Star Wars Celebration in Chicago, and a lot of fans have been mulling over the meaning of the film’s title, “The Rise of Skywalker.” Does this mean we’ll see the return of Luke Skywalker somehow? Is Rey actually related to Luke? Perhaps Palpatine will a big part in bringing a Skywalker back? Director J.J. Abrams intended for the title to incite a lot of questions, and he revealed that when you watch the film, you’ll understand.

“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,” Abrams tells ET Online. “But I think when you see the movie, you’ll see how it’s intended, what it means.”

The director said that the title was inspired by the previous Star Wars films. For example, the third film in the original trilogy is “Return of the Jedi” and the final one in the prequel is “Revenge of the Sith.” Now the final films of each trilogy all have a word starting with the letter “r”. However, I think it would have been better if it was “Rise of the Skywalker” instead.

“In the flow of titles, this movie had a very weird responsibility,” he added. “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 theories are all coming in, and another is that Kylo Ren will redeem himself in the upcoming film. It should be interesting to see how that plays off, especially after the events of The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. Will Abrams follow in director Rian Johnson’s footsteps by throwing a curve ball when revealing plot twists? Or will he try to cater to the new and old fans as he did with The Force Awakens? We’ll find out later this year.

The film is written and directed by J.J. Abrams, with Chris Terrio as the co-screenwriter. It stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, and Billy Dee Williams.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters on December 20, 2019.

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