The Most Important Man in the GalaxyThe Source: Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy
Probability of Accuracy: If you can’t trust the woman in charge of the entire enterprise, who can you trust?The Real Deal: Dave Filoni’s presence on The Mandalorian—going so far as to make his live-action directorial debut on the first episode—wasn’t accidental, of course. As the Vanity Fair profile on him made clear, Filoni’s importance in the current state of all things Star Wars is significant. “There isn’t a thing that we do in the storytelling space that I don’t check with Dave,” Kennedy says in the piece, which points out how close he is to the viewpoint of George Lucas himself. “What I find about Dave is you don’t just sit down and have a discussion about plot or review characters inside the Star Wars world. You end up having meaningful, thoughtful discussions about what it is we’re trying to say inside the storytelling. He has a lot of empathy.”
The Old Boss Returns
The Source: Rise of Skywalker director J.J. Abrams
As of this writing, it’s unclear what this means for the future of the franchise on the big screen, beyond the obvious: The first movie after next month’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which was going to be the first installment of Benioff and Weiss’ trilogy in 2022, isn’t going to happen after all.
Probability of Accuracy: This one seems legit.The Real Deal: As the Skywalker saga wraps up, it might make fans everywhere happy to know that those working on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker had a particular advisor on hand as a sounding board—and it’s not Dave Filoni. Writer-director J.J. Abrams revealed in a recent interview that George Lucas got involved in the new movie, but it sounds as if his advice was more thematic than practical. “He had a lot of things to say about the nature of the Force, the themes that he was dealing with when he was writing the movies,” Abrams explained. “Yes, there were some conversations about Midi-chlorians—he loves his Midi-chlorians. But it was a very helpful thing. Sitting with him is a treat, just to hear him talk, because it’s fucking George Lucas talking about Star Wars. I always feel it’s a gift to hear him talk about that stuff. Because the effect that he had on me at 10 years old is utterly profound.” Does this mean we’re going to have more Midi-chlorians than expected in Rise? Surely not. (We hope.)
All of Star Wars Has Been a Very Long, Long GameThe Source: Poe Dameron’s alter ego, Oscar Isaac
Probability of Accuracy: It’s certainly quite the tease, but accurate? We’ll have to wait until December 20 to know for sure.The Real Deal: Meanwhile, in discussing the new movie, Oscar Isaac mentioned a name that fans haven’t heard in a long, long time—and one that just might change some people’s expectations about what The Rise of Skywalker is going to be about. “What’s amazing about the story and the script is that you learn that both the Sith and the Jedi have been playing a very long game,” the actor told Total Film magazine. “From the get-go, there’s been this chess match. All these pieces have been played. And now we get to see who gets checkmate.” Considering that the Sith haven’t been heard from much since the end of Return of the Jedi—although we already knew that the Emperor was back in the new film, changing things slightly—this indicates it might be time to revisit both The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi before the final chapter reveals just how things really went down. (Well, in the fictional world, at least.)
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