Daisy Ridley Says Episode IX’s Ending Was Changed During Production

Based on the trailer that debuted last week, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has a pretty clear idea of where it’s going to finish up. But the film’s production didn’t always go in that direction. /Film recently had a chance to chat with Daisy Ridley, who portrays Rey in the current Star Wars saga. She noted that the original ending changed significantly under J.J. Abrams.

“J.J. had told me [the ending], and then I read the script, and then it was sort of shifting,” said Ridley. “The ending was always pretty similar, and then I was told there was sort of a new – I guess a slightly different beat added that I was told, which was awesome. Because it’s nice to be told the thing and then you can like experience it with the filmmaker. But also, we don’t know how it’s gonna turn out. We did the thing on this side of the camera, so we don’t know how it’s gonna turn out. So I’m as excited to see it as everyone else.”

Originally, Lucasfilm hired director Colin Trevorrow, who helmed the blockbuster Jurassic World. But he left citing creative differences, particularly with scripts that Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy didn’t like.

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Abrams, coming off of the success of 2015’s The Force Awakens, jumped on board following Trevorrow’s departure. Apparently Lucasfilm wasn’t happy with the direction Trevorrow was going in and opted for Abrams’ alternate vision.

Hopefully the final chapter of the Skywalker saga will please Star Wars fans, just as the trailer did. The Rise of Skywalker arrives in theaters on December 20.

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