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No Spoilers! Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Cast Talks Community and Closure

I attended the press junket for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker two weeks ago. It was an incredible hour of Q & A with the producer, writer, writer/director, and entire cast.

The Rise of Skywalker Cast

No advance movie screening was held, as is usually the norm for the press in advance of a movie opening. Why? Because this is not any ordinary movie. Star Wars is a community of fans from all ages and walks of life that treasure and protect the cannon of the Star Wars universe as a sacred religion. I am among them. The event was so monumental that it had taken me this long to fully process and try to put into words what I gleaned from the experience as I prepare to see this film.

Given that the plot details are under wraps, it allowed producer and president of Lucas Films Kathleen Kennedy, director/co-writer J.J. Abrams, and all the film’s stars the chance to speak to the phenomenon that is Star Wars. Plus, the responsibility they all had to bring the final (final?) trilogy of films, numbers 7, 8, and now 9, to a satisfying conclusion. Does it pack an emotional punch? Definitely. Said Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey, “With the physical stuff, you train and train and do [the scene]. I was more tired emotionally.” Translation: prepare to have all the feels.

Scene from The Rise of Skywalker

But beyond this particular film, it’s the overall message Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker aims to convey that will hopefully placate everyone invested in these movies.

J.J. Abrams explained, “There’s the movie you know you’re presenting to the world, and there’s the thing that you’re doing meaningfully.” Surely Abrams, along with the veteran cast, felt the weight of the responsibility to satisfyingly conclude the story and further relay the overall theme of Star Wars.

Speaking about the meaning of all the films together, he continued, “We live in a crazy world. We live in a crazy time. Star Wars, to me, was about hope. It was about the community. It was about the underdog. It’s about bringing people together. And seeing all oddballs represented in the most unlikely friends and the most unlikely places, the family you make is really your family.”

Scene from The Rise of Skywalker

Anthony Daniels, who played C3PO throughout the franchise and its spin-offs, reflected on how much he underestimated the films’ reach. He has only just come to understand how universal the Star Wars movies are. “I’ve only just realized that,” said Daniels, “because I’ve been in all of them. I am so close to it…you have your nose up against the planet, but you can’t see how big that planet is.”

I am among those excited to see how they bring home that message. I saw the original Star Wars (movie number IV, A New Hope, for those younger than Gen Z) in the movie theater as a 6-year-old with my dad back in 1977. It started a lifelong love of Star Wars that continues today.

Chewy in The Rise of Skywalker

Over the holidays, my husband and I would always binge-watch (before binge-watching was a phrase) our Star Wars VCR tapes, which later morphed into our DVDs, and now Disney+ streaming sessions. We passed the love onto our daughters, now 16 and 19. We’ve hit Galaxy’s Edge more than a few times at Disneyland and are eager for January to hit the new Rise of the Resistance ride. Every year we put up our Star Wars themed mini tree in our family room and screen the new movie in theaters on Christmas.

Interview with the cast of The Rise of Skywalker

Are we going to see Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker on the 25th? Absolutely. The Star Wars connection first forged with my dad has carried to my new family tribe. That’s what Star Wars does. That message of community, hope, and good triumphing over evil is the force at work in us all. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opens this Friday, December 20th.

Learn more about the film online, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Share your love for the film by using the hashtag #TheRiseOfSkywalker.

STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER opens in U.S. theaters this Friday, December 20.

Karen Bremer is a North Orange County native. She’s a mom, freelance writer, and owner of www.shopbeecreative.com. Her company Bee Creative specializes in products for scrapbooking, card making, and paper crafting online and in person at consumer shows in major cities around the country. She is married with daughters in high school and college and enjoys Disney, the beach, and any type of live theater..
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