Rian Johnson Shares His Thoughts On the Rise of Skywalker
By now everyone knows about the behind-the-scenes action that took place during the recent Star Wars trilogy, and seemingly everyone is determined to fabricate some sort of vendetta between JJ Abrams, who directed The Force Awakens and The Rise of Skywalker, and Rian Johnson, who directed the middle chapter, The Last Jedi. Fans seem to believe that Johnson undermined Abrams’ story with his film, which led to Abrams exacting revenge in Episode 9. Well, MTV decided to ask Johnson what he thought about the latest Star Wars and, naturally, his response was decidedly enthusiastic.
“I had a blast, man,” Johnson said while on the red-carter for the Academy Awards. “Made me so proud and seeing the heart and soul that J.J. [Abrams] put into it. And seeing my friends who were in the movie just like, bring the whole thing to a conclusion. Yeah, for me as a Star Wars fan, it was a really special experience.”
There you have it. Johnson enjoyed the film. End of story.
After more than a month since Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker had made its premiere in December, director J.J. Abrams’ epic conclusion to the Skywalker saga has already earned more than $1 billion at the worldwide box office and received three Oscar nominations for Best Original Score, Best Visual Effects and Best Sound Editing.
Returning cast members for The Rise of Skywalker include 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), 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. The role of Leia Organa is once again played by Carrie Fisher, using previously unreleased footage shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
In addition to directing, J.J. Abrams co-wrote the screenplay with Chris Terrio (Argo, Justice League). Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, and Abrams will produce, with Callum Greene and Jason McGatlin executive producing. Composer John Williams, who has scored every chapter in the Star Wars saga since 1977’s A New Hope, will return to a galaxy far, far away with Rise of Skywalker.