We finally know the title, and have seen the first footage, for Star Wars: Episode IX, which will now forever be known as The Rise of Skywalker, so life is pretty damn great for Star Wars fans right now.

If you saw the teaser, then you know how badass it was, but more importantly, you know that the movie will feature the return of the original villain, Emperor Palpatine. His inclusion was a big surprise, but apparently he has been planned for Episode IX since the beginning.

More importantly though, J.J. Abrams revealed over the weekend to IGN that he met with George Lucas before he wrote the script for The Rise of Skywalker. He did so to ensure that this movie could stand on its own, but also so it could tie up this new trilogy, as well as the full 9-film Skywalker saga. Of course you’d need to bring the Maker on board to fully embrace all the threads that need completed for this saga, so it’s awesome that he and George traded some notes.

His exact quote can be found below:

“This movie had a very, very specific challenge which was to take eight films and give an ending to three trilogies. We had to look at what was the bigger story. We had conversations amongst ourselves. We met with George Lucas before we started writing the script. These were things that were in real, not debate, but you look at the sort of 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. You can’t assume anyone has sat and watched eight movies before this one. And yet, I want a kid to be able to watch Episodes 1-9 and see that one story.”

J.J. Abrams

J.J. also weighed in on the film’s title, The Rise of Skywalker. Of course he didn’t give any real insights, but his no-answer-answer is still pretty insightful:

“Well, the title feels like it’s the right title for this movie. I know it’s provocative and asks a bunch of questions but when you see the movie you’ll see how it was intended and what it means. But in the flow of titles this title had a very  big responsibility, it had to be the end of not only three movies, but nine movies. The idea of incorporating the movies that come before strangely is the story of the movie. It’s the characters in the film inheriting everything that’s come before in previous generations, wether it’s the sins of the father or the wisdom that they’ve acquired, and the question is, is this new generation up to the task, can they stand up to what they have to. So in a way, we came to this movie having inherited a lot, and the question can we do it is a question we ask ourselves everyday.”

J.J. Abrams

Like I said, not much of an answer, but he’s definitely right about it being provocative. Rey being a Skywalker is too obvious, and no way Luke is coming back from the dead, so what could it mean? Does it involve Ben Solo and his Skywalker lineage? Or could it just be an identifier for light side users, which would be similar to how Ben adopted the Ren title to signify his allegiance to the dark side.

Who knows, but you know we will be speculating our asses off over the next few months until all is revealed in December! Stay tuned, and get subscribed!

You can check out the full J.J. EW interview below.

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Matt is literally from a galaxy that is far, far away. Star Wars has consumed his life, and made him the geek that he is. He's no fan of the Prequels, but still loves the Maker. When he's not recording his unstable takes for the Star Wars Time podcast, he's either working on EntertainmentBuddha.com, taking pictures of Star Wars toys, or trying to legitimately wield the Force.