Kathleen Kennedy & Michelle Rejwan Talk The Rise of Skywalker With Gizmodo

In the first segment of a multi-part interview with Gizmodo, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and Senior Vice President of Live Action Development and Production Michelle Rejwan cover a range of topics pertaining to The Rise of Skywalker and the Sequel Trilogy as a whole. They speak about having J.J. Abrams step into the director shoes once again to close out the sequels after the departure of Colin Trevorrow, crafting a true conclusion to the story of the Skywalkers, the decision to have the Emperor return, and more.

Gizmodo will be posting more from their interview with Kennedy and Rejwan next week, so stay tuned for a link to that article when it lands.

Before Star Wars belonged to Disney, it belonged to Kathleen Kennedy. George Lucas himself picked the legendary producer to run his beloved namesake, Lucasfilm, before Mickey Mouse swooped in and bought it all up. And at that time the plan was always this: A new trilogy of films, which ends later this month in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

It’s been quite the ride for Kennedy, who, along with Force Awakens and Rise of Skywalker producer Michelle Rejwan sat, down with io9 in Los Angeles earlier this week. The pair talked about the difficulty in crafting not just a satisfying conclusion to the one saga, but a trilogy of trilogies. We also looked back at the past and how earlier versions of Episode IX didn’t work, and how much, if at all, was discussed way back in development on The Force Awakens.