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– by Kyle Malone

Star Wars Episode IX is coming this December. There is no denying a lot rides on the inevitable trailer, which I think will hit in April, thanks to the divisiveness of The Last Jedi. There are calls for boycotts along with other strong feelings and opinions from fans and detractors from Episode VIII, but no one can deny that the upcoming end of the Skywalker Saga could make or break the Star Wars brand. If you do deny it, tell us why in the comments.

EW recently spoke with Episode IX director J.J. Abrams about a few topics. Check out their video HERE.

The first question the interviewer asked dealt with the above photo and what it meant to be finished filming the end of the current trilogy. Abrams, always the diplomat, answered that it was very emotional and how he could not wait for people to see the film. He also praised the cast and the crew.

Next came a question about whether or not Abrams approached Episode IX differently after the reception The Last Jedi received. He stated that:

“Every movie is its own movie, and obviously this is a trilogy. We brought to that movie all the passion and hard work that we would have no matter what. I think the story speaks for itself. I really, truly can;t wait for you to see it.”

Talk about a political answer. He basically said nothing while saying his movie could be be completely different than The Last Jedi and that’d be okay.

Next up came a question about working with Billy D. Williams, and Abrams had nothing but good stuff to say. I must admit I wish they had brought Lando in on The Force Awakens or The Last Jedi to mourn the loss of Han Solo. I really appreciated Abrams having Leis “feel” the loss of her love, but I lament the lack of mourning from the Star Wars universe in general. I don’t think Disney gets the Solo character.

Lastly he was asked about the title and of course he said he couldn’t say anything about it. He also stated he was hopeful we all felt satisfied about Episode IX.

Are you excited for Episode IX? What do you think about this interview? WHERE IS THE TITLE?!?!?!? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kyle is a business school graduate who loves movies, comics, and video games. He shares his passions with his wife and is raising a next generation geek.