Palisadian J.J. Abrams Directs ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’

By JENNIKA INGRAM | Reporter

Directed by Palisadian J.J. Abrams, “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” opens December 20.

The surviving resistance faces the First Order once more in the final chapter of the Skywalker saga, according to IMDb. Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron’s journey continues; With the power and knowledge of generations behind them, the final battle commences.

Abrams took over the role of directing back in September 2017 from the original director Colin Trevorrow and helped co-write the film.

The late Carrie Fisher will resume her role as Leia, despite passing away of a heart attack in December 2016. Abrams and screenwriter Chris Terrio based her character around unused footage the editors pulled together from the filming of “The Force Awakens” and “The Last Jedi.”

“She’s beautiful in the film,” promised Maryann Brandon, Episode IX’s film editor, to c/net. Brandon edited the film with Stefan Grube.

“I’m really excited for this film because it’s emotional and mature,” Brandon said. She admitted to fighting back tears a few times while working on the film: “It’s taking Star Wars to a really proper ending for the saga.”

Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd is also in the film. Abrams had previously worked with Lourd when she had a role in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in 2015, which was her debut film, directed by Abrams.

The latest Star Wars is rated PG-13 and has a runtime of 2 hours and 22 minutes.

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