The Star Wars franchise has a level of iconography unlike any other film franchise, so the pressure to deliver satisfying sequels is sky high. And with J.J. Abrams returning to the property for Episode IX to complete the Skywalker Story, decades of films will finally reach their conclusion. The current trilogy also includes a changing of the guard, where Abrams' new trio of heroes take the mantle from Luke, Han, and Leia. The latter of which is being brought back through old footage for Episode IX, and will likely continue training Oscar Isaac's Poe Dameron to eventually lead The Resistance. Isaac recently teased what to expect from the scrappy group of rebels in the next film, saying:
Well, this doesn't look good. It looks like things haven't improved much for The Resistance since their near extinction in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. While we'll have to wait over a year to see how the group recovered from the battle on Crait, it seems that Leia's soldiers will be a small and scrappy crew when they continue fighting against The First Order.
Star Wars fans are used to seeing a small group of rebels overturn a space dictatorship, as that was the main conflict in the original trilogy. But The Resistance has far fewer resources than their predecessors, with much of the group's fleet destroyed during the events of The Last Jedi. The Galactic Cold War is much more bare bones, and it's unclear how the Light Side could possibly win against Kylo Ren and his forces.
In his same conversation with USA Today (opens in new tab), Oscar Isaac went on to describe how Episode IX and the franchise as a whole is overall a war movie, and therefore it should take inspiration from real-life events. As he tells it,
Did anyone else just get chills? It's crazy to believe that Episode IX will finish the narrative begun with 1977's A New Hope. Both The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi were met with some backlash, so it's clear that the generations of Star Wars fans aren't necessarily easy to please.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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