Mixing New With Nostalgia, J.J. Abrams Couldn’t Force It On ‘Star Wars’

The story is well-known throughout Hollywood at this point: J.J. Abrams wasn’t supposed to be working on Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker. Thanks to a few Tinseltown twists of film fate, Abrams — who had co-written and directed The Force Awakens — found himself back in the fold, expected to help bring the Skywalker saga to a satisfying conclusion. Once Abrams embraced that challenge, he says he found himself walking a tightrope between the franchise’s past, present, and future in order to make sure that all three were being served. (Click on the media bar below to hear J.J. Abrams)

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