Point your browser here for the second part of Gizmodo’s interview with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and Senior Vice President of Live Action Development and Production Michelle Rejwan. They touch on the subject of Lucasfilm’s decision to include Dark Rey and the Emperor in the various marketing materials/videos that have been released for The Rise of Skywalker, having the complete first season of The Mandalorian available on Disney+ to share the limelight with Episode IX, the process of selecting the official title for the final theatrical film in the Skywalker saga, and more.
Be sure to check out part 1 of Gizmodo’s interview with Kennedy and Rejwan if you missed it earlier.
Interviewing someone like Kathleen Kennedy isn’t like interviewing an actor or director. As the president of Lucasfilm, she isn’t just involved in what we see on screen, she’s involved in everything happening in Star Wars—from the marketing and publicity to the merchandising, theme parks, and more. And while io9’s interview with Kennedy and fellow Rise of Skywalker producer Michelle Rejwan didn’t get into all of that, we did discuss some film matters beyond what you’ll see on screen.
Kennedy and Rejwan talked with us about why seemingly huge spoilers like Emperor Palpatine and “Dark Rey” were revealed in the marketing, the thought process behind releasing a full season of The Mandalorian alongside The Rise of Skywalker, the difficulty in choosing that title, and more.