It's a very exciting time to be a Star Wars fan. We are just weeks away from the release of The Rise of Skywalker, which will essentially end the franchise as we know it by wrapping up the Skywalker Saga. J.J. Abrams could take the blockbuster seemingly anywhere, and will connect his second blockbuster in the franchise with the previous eight installments. The contents of the movie are being highly guarded, although actor Richard E. Grant recently got the chance to see the movie. And his reaction is as delightful as you'd think.
Richard E. Grant has had a long career as an actor, but gained special notoriety for his Oscar nominated performance in Can You Ever Forgive Me? Grant also became an internet sensation for his honesty and excitement about Awards Season. And now he's taking that same enthusiasm to the galaxy far, far away. Because after seeing a screening of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and filmed a reaction video. Check it out below.
Well, it's safe to say that Richard E. Grant was satisfied with how Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker turned out. He seems almost stupefied by the final product, and is especially proud to have a role in the beloved space opera.
Richard E. Grant's reaction video comes to us from his personal Twitter, which the actor regularly uses to directly communicate with his fans. In this clip, Grant passionately speaks about the theatrical experience of The Rise of Skywalker, just weeks before it finally arrives. He first of all gives a warning, claiming that "nothing prepares you for this." Despite how cued into the experience he was as a cast member, it looks like Episode IX provided more than one surprise during the course of its 141-minute runtime.
Watching Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker elicited a mixture of emotions from Richard E. Grant, which is certainly an exciting prospect for the fans. J.J. Abrams had quite the task ahead of him, ending both the current trilogy and decades-long overarching narrative. He's likely got plenty of surprises up his sleeve, with the inclusion of Palpatine serving as one of the biggest mysteries. And according to Grant, the movie is "everything you hoped it was going to be."
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Not much is known about Richard E. Grant's new character Allegiant General Pryde. He wasn't mentioned in the last two movies, although he's a high ranking member of The First Order. Pryde didn't make it into any of the trailers for the movie, so he's going to be another big mystery going into theaters for The Rise of Skywalker. He'll no doubt be mixed up in the toxic relationship that is Kylo Ren and General Hux. And after the upcoming time jump, who knows how The First Order has changed.
J.J. Abrams has a ton of balls in the air for The Rise of Skywalker, and it should be interesting to see where they fall in the upcoming blockbuster. Kylo Ren's fate will ultimately be decided, and Abrams will be wrapping up Leia's story through unused footage of the late Carrie Fisher. It's the final battle of good vs. evil, and Palpatine will somehow factor into that conclusion.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will fly into theaters on December 20th. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies. And our 2020 release list to look ahead toward the New Year.
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