There are still a lot of mysteries waiting to be unfolded in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but conversation has already begun about the still untitled Episode IX. Recently, director Colin Trevorrow talked about the conclusion the massive sci-fi trilogy and losing one of the franchise’s biggest and most beloved stars.
Conclusion Of The Story Of Rey And Finn
Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Finn (John Boyega) are the new heroes of the galaxy far, far away. They first appeared on the big screen in J.J. Abrams’ The Force Awakens and their stories will continue in Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi. Trevorrow was given the monumental task of ending the new trilogy.
The arrival of Rey and Finn in the franchise definitely made an impact on the audience and, therefore, their exit should be as equally resonating. Luckily for fans, Trevorrow already has an idea on how to end the trilogy and he promises that it will be nothing short of satisfying.
“The process of Star Wars began way back in August of 2015 when I looked at what J.J. and Rian had done,” he said to Screen Rant. “I’m very fortunate that I’m surrounded by some really, really brilliant producers and brilliant creative minds – Kiri Hart and the Lucasfilm story group and my producer [Michelle] Rejwan and Kathy Kennedy and also J.J. and Rian, Larry Kasdan. I mean, these are the best minds available and everybody’s engaged in making sure this is the most satisfying and emotionally resonant conclusion that we can possibly deliver.”
Filming of the still-untitled next movie is set to begin in January 2018, merely a month after The Last Jedi gets released in theaters worldwide. The fact that Trevorrow has been plotting Episode IX for two years now means the filmmaker will not be pulling a conclusion out from a hat; there is careful planning involved that, hopefully, will answer every mystery of the new trilogy.
Carrie Fisher’s Passing
However, despite Trevorrow’s careful planning, there are things that are out of his control. Last year, lead star Carrie Fisher who played the role of General Leia Organa in The Force Awakens, passed away after suffering a heart attack.
The filmmaker admitted that Fisher’s character had a massive role in both Episode VIII and Episode IX. Despite the blessing of Fisher’s family, Disney decided against using CGI to bring the character to life for the final movie.
How the movie will handle the death of one of the franchise’s most important characters remains to be seen. Trevorrow can only promise that the send-off will be fitting for a princess that millions loved.
In an interview with Cinema Blend (via Den of Geek) while doing press rounds for his new movie The Book of Henry, Trevorrow talked about the passing of Fisher. He pointed out that losing the actor was not just a huge blow to the Star Wars community, but it also broke the heart of everyone she has worked with.
“[I]t was extremely sad for all of us, mostly just because she was so loved by the Star Wars family and everyone that worked with her,” he pointed out. As for the continuation of the story of the brave princess Leia Organa, he promised that it will be “handled with love and respect, and all of the soul that Carrie Fisher deserves.”
In the meantime, Star Wars: The Last Jedi will uncover the mystery of Rey’s parents and Luke’s (Mark Hamill) self-exile in Ahch-To. The First Order led by Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson) is also expected to retaliate after their defeat in The Force Awakens. The second installment of the three-part space epic will be released on Dec. 15.
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