The “Star Wars” universe is depending on J.J. Abrams to deliver when the final chapter of the trilogy arrives in theatres on Dec. 20. But the director admits there’s still a lot of work to be done.
“We always knew we were going to have three fewer months to postproduction this film,” he tells Entertainment Weekly.
Abrams took over co-writing and directing the final chapter of the trilogy after Colin Trevorrow reportedly left the project over creative differences with Lucasfilm. Abrams, who helmed the successful “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, stepped in two years ago.
“So much is still being worked on. It’s literally a practical race to get it finished,” he tells EW in an interview conducted in October for the magazine’s “Star Wars”-themed December issue. The mag will release three different covers, each representing the three “Star Wars” trilogies.
But fans should fear not because Abrams says he feels “infinitely better” abut his current position compared to how he felt at the same late-stage on “The Force Awakens”, chalking much of that up to the unknowns involved in introducing an entirely new set of characters and storylines.
“We had more reshoots on ‘Episode VII’ than this one. We had more story adjustments on ‘VII‘ than this one. We didn’t know if these characters would work, if the actors would be able to carry a ‘Star Wars’ movie. There were a lot of things we didn’t know,” he explains. “On this, we knew who and what worked, and everyone is doing the best work I’ve ever seen anyone do.”
Abrams says the ambition and scale of “The Rise Of Skywalker” is far greater than that of the previous films.
“What we set out to do was far more challenging. Everything is exponentially larger on this,” he adds. “The [trailers] that have come out are scratching the surface of what the movie is. [T]he stakes are all or nothing with this film.”