‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Actor Admits the Movie Refuses to Answer All Your Questions

Two years later, fans are still arguing over Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Now Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has the unenviable task of uniting the fandom. Moreover, it must also conclude the sequel trilogy and provide a satisfying ending to the nine-part Skywalker saga.

According to one star of the new film, The Rise of Skywalker might prove to be just as divisive as its predecessor, however. While J.J. Abrams’ film seems tailor-made to please longtime fans, it could end up driving the wedge even further for fans who loathe this new trilogy. Let’s look into how that could be possible.

The cast of 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker', Kathleen Kennedy, and J.J. Abrams at Disney's D23 EXPO
The cast of ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’, Kathleen Kennedy, and J.J. Abrams at Disney’s D23 EXPO | Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney

The Skywalker saga will end

The film’s first teaser trailer culminates in the reveal that Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) will play some role in The Rise of Skywalker. Abrams has gone on record with his intention to make the conclusion to the Skywalker saga as “cohesive” as possible. What that means exactly fans still won’t discover until the film’s release.

But it’s clear that Abrams will return to the beginning of George Lucas’ saga. And that means the prequel trilogy will likely play an integral role in where Rey, Kylo Ren, and the Skywalker legacy end up. For Star Wars fans, this could complicate the story, considering how they feel about the prequels.

Moreover, The Rise of Skywalker will endeavor to answer at least some of the big questions lingering over the saga. Some fans speculate that this will involve restoring balance to the Force. Meanwhile, others just want to know if Rey and Kylo will live happily ever after.

‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ might divide fans

Speaking to Metro, actress Naomi Ackie — who will play Resistance ally Jannah in The Rise of Skywalker — has addressed what fans should expect. By the sounds of it, not all Star Wars fans may be satisfied by the time the credits roll.

“I think there are moments in this that really encapsulate what the whole saga has been about,” Ackie said. “And there are some people that leave it that might feel like they’ve got everything they wanted. But there might still be more questions, and that’s the whole point. The story continues.”

Depending on what fans are hoping for, Ackie’s comments may excite or frustrate them. Just as The Last Jedi refused to answer everything clearly, Abrams may be embracing a similar approach. We already know he took some inspiration from Johnson’s film.

Should the new film answer everything?

Star Wars isn’t exactly known for tying up loose ends. If the core films explained everything, there wouldn’t be much room for the saga to spin off into other projects. By that rationale, should fans really be disappointed if Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker leaves some questions unanswered?

While the future of Star Wars films is on hold, the saga isn’t going anywhere. After all, Disney+ just launched The Mandalorian, the first of several Star Wars shows it has in the works. Then, Ewan McGregor returns as Obi-Wan Kenobi for his own limited series on Disney+.

The crux of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker lies on the duality of the Force represented by Rey and Kylo Ren. Although the film needs to sort out how their conflict ends, we wouldn’t want it to spell everything out for all its surviving characters. Because who knows when we might get a bit more time with them somewhere down the line.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters on December 20.