Director J.J. Abrams is approaching Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker "slightly different" than Force Awakens. Whereas in his first Star Wars film he felt "beholden" to the franchise's past, for this new film he said... well, "F*** it".
"Working on nine, I found myself approaching it slightly differently. Which is to say that, on seven, I felt beholden to Star Wars in a way that was interesting - I was doing what to the best of my ability I felt Star Wars should be," Abrams told Vanity Fair. "It felt slightly more renegade; it felt slightly more like, you know, F*** it, I’m going to do the thing that feels right because it does, not because it adheres to something."
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is scheduled to open in North American theaters December 20.