In a new article posted on Rolling Stone, The Rise of Skywalker co-writer Chris Terrio speaks with Brian Hiatt about the creative process he and fellow writer J.J. Abrams went through on penning the script for the film. He mentions how we met with George Lucas to talk about the script, though Terrio plays coy as to whether or not he was privy to the unused treatments Lucas wrote for the Sequel Trilogy. The topic of Rey’s backstory is also mentioned during the interview segment.
When J.J. Abrams was looking for a co-screenwriter for what became Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, he thought of someone he’d never worked with before: Chris Terrio, who won an Oscar for writing Argo (and went on to work on Batman v Superman and Justice League, but that’s another story). Abrams was a fan of Argo, and also admired a new, as-yet-unproduced political thriller Terrio had recently written. “The muscularity of the writing, the efficiency of the writing, the intelligence of it,” Abrams told Rolling Stone. “You ask a question and then a page later, the script sort of knows what you’re thinking. And there was a wit and a sophistication to his writing that I really responded to.” For a digital-only piece of our Star Wars cover package, Terrio broke down the creative process behind December 20th’s Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker.