Oscar Isaac Says Star Wars Is A ‘Chess Match,’ And ‘Checkmate’ Is Coming

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Everyone associated with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has gone out of their way to preserve the film’s secrets while offering intriguing hints that have helped anticipation levels reach record highs. Most recently, Oscar Isaac suggested that the resolution of the latest trilogy—and the series as a whole—will bring the 42-year-old space saga to a satisfying close. “What’s amazing about the story and the script is that you learn that both the Sith and the Jedi have been playing a very long game,” he told Total Film. “From the get-go, there’s been this chess match. All these pieces have been played. And now we get to see who gets checkmate.” 

Director J.J. Abrams also discussed the series conclusion with Total Film, making it clear that his first priority is Episode IX, not the larger saga. “The ending of this trilogy of trilogies is a tricky thing,” he said. “This movie has to work on its own. It’s got to have its own beginning, middle and end. It can’t make the mistake of a lot of sequels, where you just assume a character is beloved, where the movie suffers because the character is suddenly lacking. We can’t assume anyone cares.”

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker arrives in theatres on December 19. Check out the trailer below.