Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker Script Made Keri Russell Cry

"I hope it remains true to what [JJ Abrams] originally wanted."

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The Americans star Keri Russell is one of the new cast members for this December's Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and now she's revealed more details about the sci-fi film. Specifically, she told The Associated Press that the script made her emotional.

"When I read his script that [write-director JJ Abrams] wrote I cried," she said. "I mean who knows what it will turn out to be and I hope it remains true to what he originally wanted."

According to Russell, Abrams is the right person to direct Episode 9 because he "really respects what it is" and "he's not trying to change it to be something else."

Russell plays a new character named Zorri Bliss who wears a helmet. Russell was excited about that. "I was like, 'That is my dream job. I can see everyone. No one can see me. Hello. Amazing!'"

The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters on December 20. It stars Daisy Ridley as Rey, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, John Boyega as Finn, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico, Lupita Nyong'o as Maz Kanata, Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux, Mark Hamill as Luke, and Billy Dee Williams as Lando. For more, check out the movie's first trailer and everything we know about Star Wars Episode IX.

The Rise of Skywalker is said to be the final entry in the Skywalker Saga that began all the way back in 1977 with the original movie, so it seems so momentous--and emotional--events might happen.

In addition to The Rise of Skywalker, a new live-action TV show The Mandalorian will be available on the streaming service Disney+ when it launches on November 12.

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Just the trailer got me emotional. Can't wait.

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I like Keri Russel. I like it even more that she's cast in my favorite franchise. Oh, and I'm also excited to see Richard E. Grant in his role.

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Screwing up Luke Skywalker made me cry.

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If the leaked story beats with regards to the final climatic battle turn out to be true, then this franchise will fizzle out in the lamest way possible.

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The biggest turn off to excitement is the quote that Abrams really respects what it is" and "he's not trying to change it to be something else."

That suggests a "more of the same" movie, following pre-established patterns. It might be enjoyable, but it sounds like its shaping up to be predictable. The Last Jedi was a fantastic film, in that it was one of the few franchise films, particularly Star Wars, that was not entirely predictable. I'm hoping this description isn't essentially code for "it's going back to rehashing what it's done before."

I loved The Last Jedi, but I strongly disliked The Force Awakens. It had great production values, but it was more accurately a remake of the original Star Wars then a sequel of any kind, rehashing old plot lines with new characters (and returning characters), bringing no real originality to the narrative. As that was Abrams last Star Wars, I'm expecting this will end up a trilogy where I like the 2nd one, only. We'll see, though - quotes like this are easy to misinterpret.

Still, I wish they'd like Johnson do the 3rd act. Then we might have a film that isn't essentially a remake of one we've seen before.

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@izraal: Rehashing to the extent that JJ did in TFA shud be a crime against cinema. The hail mary attempt to subvert expectations just for the sake of it as RJ did in TLJ is equally criminal.

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@spacemedafighterx: If he enjoyed the movie and didn't find it entirely predictable, it negates your "subverting expectations just for the sake of it" argument.

I, too, am one of those who liked more where The Last Jedi went, then where I was expecting it to go.

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@spacemedafighterx:

It's interesting, and refreshing, to hear someone equally displeased by both the rehashing of old elements in Force Awakens as well as the subversion of expectations in Last Jedi. I suppose that might beg the question of what you would consider quality in a Star Wars sequel, if both predictability and unpredictability were less than pleasing. I'd infer it's not the subversion of expectation itself, but some other aspect of either the story or the presentation of it in Last Jedi that did not appeal to you?

I can grant that the "unexpected" alone does not make a movie quality. I happened to enjoy Last Jedi more than the prior numbered Star Wars films that I've seen, but tastes do vary. All things being equal, I'd rather see a film where the major beats of the plot are not entirely predictable, and a repetition of prior iterations' events.

I don't think that I could call Force Awakens a crime against cinema, it was well directed enough, the dialogue and acting were competent for the genre and style, but the plot was unoriginal to the point of being a bit offensive, yes. It certainly was needlessly pandering and ultimately pointless. I have concerns the Rise of Skywalker will mirror Force Awakens.

I have much less emotional investment in Star Wars than most fans, I simply watch the films because I expect them to be decent movies and they generally haven't disappointed in that regard. Even if there's a sense of inevitability regarding overall outcomes, I'd rather not watch a movie that's simply revisiting nostalgia, particularly for me as that doesn't carry weight with me, as a viewer. I want to see a movie I haven't seen before, in short.

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@izraal: Dave Filoni has done amazing work with The Clone Wars Saga. He nvr stepped on what was established in the original trilogy, & even improved on what was lacking in the prequel trilogy. If anyone can unite the Star Wars fandom, old & new, I believe it's him. Which is why I am super stoked for The Mandalorian.

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@spacemedafighterx:

That's promising. From a quick Google search it looks like most of his work has been in animation, but that's not a bad thing. I haven't seen Clone Wars, but I've heard generally good things. I don't know much of the premise of The Mandalorian but I've enjoyed the "one and done" Star Wars films, Rogue One and Solo. They seem more free to just tell a story and do their own thing without worrying about mirroring the patterns of prior trilogies.

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And The Last Jedi made audiences around the world cry too...

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@P00DGE: Well, you can't please everyone. A divisive movie is the best one can make.

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Luke does an Obi Wan and allows himself to be killed and then Kylo Ren does a Vader and turns from The Dark Side in order to aid his family.

There, I just saved you ~2 hours that you would have otherwise lost to tedium.

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@gotrekfabian: Luke already "died" and Kylo has no family left... Really, there's no scenario involving the old cast. They will have to develop something about the new cast. And nobody gives a **** about Rey and company. And because of that I am curious to watch this on a phone later, lol JJ never developed a good project in his life, this is his chance to prove (yet again) he can finish something in a decent way. I am willing to give it a chance, just for the laughs.

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@gleencross: "there's no scenario involving the old cast". U forgot they're bringing back Lando? How will they inevitably obliterate his legacy? Tat's the only thing Im apprehensively curious to see.

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@spacemedafighterx: I consider Lando a minor character. The trio of heroes were already wasted, what's left from the old cast is these minor characters like Lando, R2, C3P0, Chewie, etc... Lando have no impact imo, he was just discount Han Solo if Ford abandoned the project. I like the character, but he is nowhere near Luke, Han and Leia. It is a shame because Rey, Finn and Poe showed potential in their first movie... but now they became worthless. Like I said, JJ never did a decent project, he start with his box of mysteries and some potential... But then he can't finish it. He either jumps out and leave it in flames (lost, star trek, etc).. or he tries and fail. I believe he will fail again, he has a frankenstein to work with and the original cast is dead. Luke as ghost jedi teaching Rey... and Kylo as a villain... maybe interesting enough to watch on a phone, but that's it.

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I'm sure it will make plenty of people cry, too.

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Recent Star Wars make me cry too. Mostly from the pain of watching and wanting them to be over.

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I guess that's one way to react to these scripts.

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I so thought the next star wars movie was going to be called the turd unleashed guess I was wrong about the name it will still be a crap movie thou

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Jar Jar Abrams is evil from a certain point of view.

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I hope she didn't cried because of how bad it is.