JJ Abrams has said that Star Wars: Episode IX will offer us something we have never been before in the lore.

After successfully bringing the saga back to life with 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Abrams is once again back in the director’s chair to wrap the trilogy. While most fans were happy when the Star Trek director replaced original director Colin Trevorrow, others were underwhelmed by Lucasfilm’s “safe” choice of director – and after many criticised Abrams’ Episode VII for being too similar to A New Hope, fans are now concerned that bringing the director back won’t be adding anything new to the Star Wars saga.

However, it appears that Abrams is aware of people’s concerns, and has addressed them during an interview on BBC Radio 4, alongside prolific composer, Michael Giacchino, the man behind the Rogue One score. The director explained that the ‘threequel’ will push the narrative boundaries of the series and offer up something completely new to the audience:

“Well, it’s certainly something that I’m aware of now working on Episode IX – coming back into this world after having done Episode VII. I feel like we need to approach this with the same excitement that we had when we were kids, loving what these movies were. And at the same time, we have to take them places that they haven’t gone, and that’s sort of our responsibility. It’s a strange thing – Michael’s worked on things like Planet of the Apes and Star Trek and Star Wars, and these are the things of dreams. Yet we can’t just revel in that; we have to go elsewhere.”

As if directing the final of the three films wasn’t enough pressure for Abrams, he is following Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi, which has been revealed to be something ‘unexpected’ by its cast. Mark Hamill has been open about his struggles, coming to terms with where Luke Skywalker’s narrative arc is going – which is a great sign for audiences, as this shows that the long-running franchise is being shaken up in Episode VIII in a way it has never been before. The question that remains now, is whether Abrams can be as bold as Johnson with his story, or not.

Star Wars: Episode IX is set for release on December 20th, 2019.

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