Sometimes an ending is just an ending.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker director JJ Abrams has confirmed that the film’s storyline will not be continued in future Star Wars films.
During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Abrams said that “while the film is introducing new characters” it “won’t set up a future story.” So, in essence, the end of the Skywalker saga will be just that, an ending.
“It’s a very good ending, and a good ending feels right,” said C-3PO actor Anthony Daniels, one of the few remaining actors to have appeared in all nine of the saga’s films, so if we can trust anyone’s opinion on the finale, it’s his.
This revelation that Episode IX will close this chapter of the iconic franchise follows on from Abram’s comments where he insisted that the trailers for the upcoming film don’t really spoil anything.
He told Entertainment Weekly, “The [trailers] that have come out are scratching the surface of what the movie is.”
Of course, this hasn’t stopped fans from cultivating their own wild theories about what could take place in The Rise of Skywalker – from dark Rey to the return of Palpatine and Kylo Ren’s return to the light.
However, the dark Rey theory might actually have some truth in it, as actress Daisy Ridley recently explained why it was enjoyable to play the dark side of her character. She told Adoro Cinema, “It’s fun to play someone’s best version, and then the worst … It’s an amazing thing to do as an actress, but we can’t do it often.”
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits cinemas on December 19th in the UK, and December 20th in the US.