In December 2015 J.J. Abrams ushered in a new era of the Star Wars franchise with the first film in a new trilogy, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Rian Johnson penned and directed The Force Awakens’ sequel, The Last Jedi, and now Abrams has returned to the director’s chair to close out the sequel trilogy with The Rise of Skywalker.
Abrams’ oversaw the return of several of the Star Wars franchise’s most beloved characters in The Force Awakens: Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca, Han Solo, and Princess Leia. But he also helped introduce fans to a number of new heroes and villains in a galaxy far, far away: Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron, BB-8, and Kylo Ren.
Despite the fact that we’re two films in and have seen a slew of comic books and novels with new content for the sequel trilogy released, the origins of Rey, Finn, and several other characters largely remain a mystery. Well, that’s about to change.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, Abrams shared that Finn, the former First Order Stromtrooper turned Resistance fighter, would get more light shed on his story.
“I would say that each of the characters get more light shed on their histories,” Abrams said to Vanity Fair. “I’m not saying we get full, exhaustive downloads on all of their childhoods and every major step that got them to where they are. But there are a lot of questions about Finn’s past, about Poe’s past, obviously Rey and Kylo, and then some of the new characters we meet.”
“We went into this movie very much in the mindset that this has to be conclusive. It has to,” continued Abrams. “You have to get some answers. You have to learn some things.”
“Endings are very difficult because they need to take everything that’s come before, in this case eight films prior, and draw it to a close,” added Abrams. “So I wanted to make sure in addition to the central story, the main character or characters, I wanted to make sure that you felt that when you were done with this film, you felt like you had some more insight into all of them. That was really important to us.”
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, hits theaters on December 20.