It was a night like no other, to celebrate a story from a galaxy far, far away. There will be other STAR WARS movies in our future. But never again will fans be able to gather en masse and bid farewell to the main players in the 42-year-old Skywalker Saga, which is exactly what happened in Los Angeles this week at the World Premiere of J.J. Abrams’ STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER.
Subtitled EPISODE IX, this is the ninth and final chapter in what has amounted to three trilogies, concluding the epic story that started in 1977 with George Lucas’ STAR WARS: EPISODE IV – A NEW HOPE. And the premiere held on Monday in Los Angeles was fittingly epic in scope and presentation for a saga that has enraptured fans for decades.
First off, there was enough star power on hand to fuel a thousand Star Destroyers. The main cast of STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER was all on hand, including Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Anthony Daniels, Kelly Marie Tran, Ian McDiarmid, Keri Russell, Naomi Ackie and Billy Dee Williams. They were joined by STAR WARS royalty, including lead producer Kathleen Kennedy, legendary composer John Williams and Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill.
And then came the movie, an action-packed send-off to a story that started with A NEW HOPE and was rekindled by J.J. Abrams with STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. Abrams inherited a handful of significant plotlines to which he needed to bring a conclusion, including the state of the Rebellion, the return of Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid), the fate of Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), and the truth about Rey (Daisy Ridley) and her family tree.
There are answers. So many answers. We will leave them for you to discover. Following the movie, though, came the after party, where fans celebrated the accomplishments of the saga while also wondering what could come next. There are no STAR WARS movies on the film slate at Lucasfilm, with the company’s top brass choosing to sit back and plan for the future, rather than hastily announcing a slate of projects that could change between now and release.
So, for one night only, STAR WARS looked back on its past instead of focusing on its future, to bid a proper farewell to the saga that started it all.
See for yourself how STAR WARS ends the Skywalker Saga. Get your tickets to STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER, in theatres now.