Last month we learned that J.J. Abrams will be returning to direct Star Wars: Episode IX. Since that announcement, fans have been buzzing over what that would mean for the new trilogy’s capper.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens was very reminiscent of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, a choice that left some critics and audiences wanting more or, to be more accurate, wanting something new. Many have been speculating over whether or not Episode IX would follow in those footsteps. A couple morsels from the director himself may shed some lens-flared light on the situation.
Abrams and composer Michael Giacchino were recently interviewed on a BBC radio program. When asked about working on Star Wars and Star Trek, series that have changed people’s lives, Abrams responded, “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.
“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.”
Abrams seems fully aware of the impact of these films and the massive expectations people have for future installments. Where will “elsewhere" take us in Episode IX and what might we find there? Let’s wander over to Reddit where one lucky Redditor shared his experience after meeting Abrams and screenwriter Chris Terrio (Argo and Justice League):
"They said that they're going to be brave and there will be big surprises. I got the impression that J.J. felt like he had to refresh previous Star Wars moments for a modern audience in [The Force Awakens], and now it feels like they have free reign to do what they want. Apparently they've had no interference from Kathleen or Pablo or the Lucasfilm Story Group. [Episode IX] is also the film which unites all three trilogies and brings everything together. That's all they would tell me.”
The Redditor further revealed that Terrio said elements from the prequel trilogy would be included and that Episode IX “unites all of it.” It sounds like fans are in for an all-encompassing experience that takes the past, present and future of the saga into consideration.
We’ll be sure to fill you in on any other details as they surface. Until then, we still have two Star Wars movies to look forward to: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (watch the latest trailer here) and Solo: A Star Wars Story (read everything we know so far here).
Star Wars: Episode IX is scheduled for release on December 20, 2019.