And more daring

There’s little over a month to go before the final instalment of the Skywalker Saga is released, and director JJ Abrams has revealed that he felt “freer” on this film than he did with The Force Awakens, and has credited The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson for his decision to make more “daring” creative choices for Episode IX.

In an interview with Total Film, the director spoke a little about the differences between working on 2015’s The Force Awakens and the upcoming Rise of Skywalker, admitting that he found himself “wanting to do something that felt more consistent with the original trilogy than not” when making Episode VII.

He continued by revealing that he felt “freer” when it came to the upcoming finale, and made more bold creative decisions than he had in the past.

“On this one, I let myself be, at least in the way I was approaching the thing, freer. In Episode 7, I was adhering to a kind of approach that felt right for Star Wars in my head. It was about finding a visual language, like shooting on locations and doing practical things as much as possible. And we continue that in Episode 9, but I also found myself doing things that I’m not sure I would have been as daring to do on Episode 7.”

Abrams credited Rian Johnson, for inspiring him to change his approach to the films. “Rian helped remind me that that’s why we’re on these movies – not to just do something that you’ve seen before,” he explained. “On [Episode] 9, I found myself feeling like I’m just gonna go for it a bit more…”

While Johnson’s film definitely split opinion, there’s no denying that it showed that the writer-director had a willingness to be bold and take a fresh look at the iconic franchise. And by the sound of it, Abrams was more than ready to take on board Johnson’s attitude to the Skywalker Saga.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is set for release on December 19th in the UK, and December 20th in the US.

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