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Oscar winner Chris Terrio (the Argo and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice screenwriter), thought he was out of franchise filmmaking, J.J. Abrams pulled him back in to co-write Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the concluding episode in the nine-episode Skywalker saga.
One of the many questions going into The Rise of Skywalker was how it would interact with the previous installment – Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi. Some Rise of Skywalker audience members have argued that Luke Skywalker’s line — “A Jedi’s weapon deserves more respect” — is a swipe at Johnson’s decision to have Luke toss his storied lightsaber aside in Last Jedi. Without hesitation, Terrio says otherwise.
“Those people who see it as a meta-argument between J.J. and Rian are missing the point, I think. At the end of The Last Jedi, Luke has changed,” Terrio tells The Hollywood Reporter. “I think it would be a bad misreading to think that that was somehow me and J.J. having an argument with Rian. It was more like we were in dialogue with Rian by using what Luke did at the beginning of The Last Jedi to now say that history will not repeat itself and all these characters have grown.”
After the social media abuse that actor Kelly Marie Tran endured following The Last Jedi, fans wondered how Abrams and Terrio would incorporate her character, Rose Tico, into Episode IX’s narrative. Much to the regret of Terrio, a decent amount of Rose’s screen time fell on the cutting room floor. (Terrio has said elsewhere that the “standard of photorealism” involving Carrie Fisher’s Leia was to blame in a couple instances.)
“There were a couple of scenes that we shot with Rose that I wish had made it to the final cut,” Terrio tells THR. “But it’s the nature of the process that certain scenes fall out of the film, and I very much respect the difficulty of the decisions J.J. had to make — especially given that I know for a fact that J.J. adores and respects Kelly and would have loved to keep every second he shot with her in the film.”
In a conversation with THR,
In a conversation with The Hollywood Reporter. Terrio also reveals that he and Abrams “debated endlessly” about the moment that reveals Luke and Leia together as Force Ghosts. He also discusses the Force power that Episode IX shares with TheMandalorian, Han and Kylo’s atonement scene and Rey’s trip to Tatooine as well as the big reveal that she is a Palpatine.
For the entire interview with The Hollywood Reporters, Brian Davids.