As one of the most anticipated films of the year, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has a ton to prove. After the brutal backlash to The Last Jedi, fans found themselves divided on how they felt about the sequel trilogy. Some took to forums and comments sections to voice their displeasure toward the franchise's new direction. Despite the endless boycotting, though, director Rian Johnson seemed completely content with his creative choices. Even if some of the actors and actresses he worked with agreed with (or at least understood) the backlash. But now that the outrage has subsided, it's important to consider this new film on its own merit. That's what Clerks director Kevin Smith is doing, at least.
During a Comic-Con interview with IGN, Kevin Smith recounted how, after his recent heart attack, Rise of Skywalker director J.J. Abrams invited him to the film's set to glimpse some of what they had planned. Spoiler alert: he wept. But according to Smith, that wasn't when he was most moved. Several crew members, including Abrams himself, warned him about one of the sets, saying that it was being used for the final shot of the film, aka the final shot of the entire Star Wars saga.
Smith continued with the story, saying how important it was to let the filmmakers work their magic while resisting the urge to rob yourself of a rewarding cinematic experience.
There's a ton to look forward to in The Rise of Skywalker, the inclusion of the Knights of Ren and Emperor Palpatine's probable return being two of the major aspects fans are wanting to see. But if Kevin Smith's comments are to be believed, that last shot will blow everything else out of the water.
Let's hope so.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will hit theaters on December 20, 2019.
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