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Every saga has an end, and for Star Wars that saga will come to an end this year with The Rise of Skywalker. The ninth film in the Skywalker saga has a lot riding on it, and expectations are incredibly high. We have little idea what to expect from the film itself, but if Keri Russell's reaction to the movie is any indication, it's going to be an emotional conclusion, as the actress admits to crying when she read the script.
While Keri Russell says that the emotional script doesn't necessarily mean everything will translate to the screen in quite the same way, the actress says J.J. Abrams clearly loves Star Wars and she hopes that comes through in the final product. According to Russell...
When I read his script that he wrote, I cried. I mean who knows what it will turn out to be and I hope it remains true to what he originally wanted. … He’s not trying to change it to be something else. He really respects what it is.
Of course, Keri Russell doesn't go any further into detail than that in her comments to AP, so we don't know anything about why it made her cry, but one can certainly make a few guesses. This movie is being billed as the end of the Star Wars story that fans have been following for over 40 years. While we may still see new characters like Rey and Finn and Poe again, this movie will be putting a definitive ending on a lot of stories. That's going to be, at least potentially, emotional for a lot of fans.
Keri Russell says the original Star Wars trilogy were some of the first movies that she saw in theaters, so she feels a strong connection to them. She is one of those fans for whom this will be a significant movie. Certainly, the rest of us want to have a reaction to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker like the one she had.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker won't only be the end of the Skywalker saga, it will be the end of Star Wars movies for a while. While the original plan was to release at least one Star Wars movie a year until the heat death of the universe. The franchise will actually be taking a break, and the next film in the franchise won't be arriving until 2022. Maybe it will be a spinoff movie starring Zorri Bliss.