J.J. Abrams Found A New Hope In The Rise Of Skywalker

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From the time the original Star Wars arrived in theatres 42 years ago, this series has drawn on a diverse range of influences—from the world of philosophy, theology, and mythology—to inspire (and even enlighten) audiences. We may not think of these as message movies, but Star Wars has always endeavoured to inspire serious reflection in viewers. In the case of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, it seems co-writer/director J.J. Abrams went even further, incorporating a concrete message into the proceedings.

“The truth is that there’s the movie that you know you’re presenting to the world, and then there’s the thing that you’re doing not necessarily secretly, but meaningfully,” the filmmaker said at a press conference earlier this week. “We live in a crazy world. We live in a crazy time. Star Wars, for me, was about hope. And it was about community and the underdog, and it was about bringing people together and seeing all oddballs represented and the most unlikely friends in the most unlikely places, and the family that you make is really your family… for me, rather than give away themes that [co-writer] Chris [Terrio] and I talked about doing from the beginning and what our specifics are, I will say that it really is about hope. And it’s about coming back to a sense of possibility, about unity, and if Star Wars can’t do that for us, I don’t know what can.”

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