J.J. Abrams Reveals He Met With George Lucas Prior to Writing STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER
According to ComingSoon.net, J.J. Abrams recently revealed in an interview with IGN at Star Wars Celebration Event in Chicago, that he met with Star Wars creator George Lucas prior to writing the script for the upcoming installment of the franchise.
"This movie had a very, very specific challenge," Abrams said, "which was to take eight films and give an ending to three trilogies, and so we had to look at, what is the bigger story? We had conversations amongst ourselves, we met with George Lucas before writing the script."
"These were things that were in real, not debate, but looking at the vastness of the story and trying to figure out, what is the way to conclude this? But it has to work on its own as a movie, it has to be its own thing, it has to be surprising and funny and you have to understand it."
The cast of the upcoming film includes return appearances by Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo and Billie Lourd. Joining the cast are Naomi Ackie (Doctor Who), Richard E. Grant (Logan), Dominic Monaghan (Lord of the Rings), Matt Smith (Doctor Who) and Keri Russell (The Americans), who will also be joined by veteran Star Wars actors Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels and Billy Dee Williams, who will reprise his role as Lando Calrissian. Ian McDiarmid is also set to return as Emperor Palpatine.
The role of Leia Organa will once again be played by Carrie Fisher, using previously unreleased footage shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Star Wars: Episode IX is scheduled for release on December 20.
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