According To J.J. Abrams, The Rise of Skywalker Is Way More Ambitious Than The Force Awakens

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With the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker less than a month away, director J.J. Abrams finally feels comfortable sharing his conclusions about the experience. In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, he said he’s feeling “infinitely better” than he did on The Force Awakens, although he’s still wrestling with a schedule that’s virtually impossible. “We always knew we were going to have three fewer months to post-production this film,” he explained. “So much is still being worked on. It’s literally a practical race to get it finished.”

In spite of this challenge, Abrams sees The Rise of Skywalker as a far smoother experience than The Force Awakens. “We had more reshoots on Episode VII than this one,” he revealed. “We had more story adjustments on VII than this one. We didn’t know if these characters would work, if the actors would be able to carry a Star Wars movie. There were a lot of things we didn’t know. On this, we knew who and what worked, and everyone is doing the best work I’ve ever seen anyone do. But the ambition of this movie is far greater than Force Awakens. What we set out to do was far more challenging. Everything is exponentially larger on this.”

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