How Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker Pulled Off That Cool Cameo, According To J.J. Abrams

by Jeremy Spirogis
How Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker Pulled Off That Cool Cameo, According To J.J. Abrams

Warning: SPOILERS for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker are forward!

Going into Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, we knew we’d be seeing loads of acquainted faces, together with Billy Dee Williams’ Lando Calrissian and Ian McDiarmid’s Palpatine, each of who had been absent from the massive display for years. But it got here as a shock when following his duel with Rey on Kef Bir atop the wreckage of the second Death Star, Kylo Ren was greeted by a imaginative and prescient of his late father, Han Solo, reprised by… properly, who else, Harrison Ford!

Given that Han was killed by his son in The Force Awakens, apart from exploring his youthful years in Solo: A Star Wars Story, it wasn’t anticipated that we’d see the character on the massive display once more. So how did J.J. Abrams persuade Harrison Ford to return to the Star Wars universe? All the Rise of Skywalker director needed to do was ask the actor if he needed to do a scene with Adam Driver, and Ford responded, “Okay.” Blunt and to the purpose, simply what we count on from Ford.

Alright, there’s somewhat bit extra to it than that. J.J. Abrams needed to clarify to Harrison Ford why it was essential for Han Solo to seem within the last chapter of the Skywalker Saga, desirous to alleviate the type of considerations that Ford had concerning the character in Return of the Jedi, as he believed Han wasn’t essential to the story after being rescued from Jabba the Hutt’s palace. Abrams recalled:

In case you want a refresher on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, this imaginative and prescient of Han Solo (in different phrases, not a Force ghost) confronted Kylo Ren in a single final try to drag him again to the sunshine following the demise of Leia Organa. The encounter mirrored Han and Kylo’s final encounter in The Force Awakens, solely this time, the latter lastly turned away from the darkish aspect, tossing his lightsaber into the ocean and reclaiming his Ben Solo id.

J.J. Abrams advised Harrison Ford that it was important for Han Solo to be current on this scene, as a result of as author Chris Terrio knowledgeable Vanity Fair, he and Abrams felt that following the demise of Leia, Ben was able to lastly apologize, and hashing out his inside battle together with his father allowed to lastly make “some kind of peace” and “make amends in the future” regardless of all the pieces he’d accomplished whereas being Kylo Ren.

With Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker serving as each the conclusion to the Sequel Trilogy and your entire Skywalker Saga, it was most welcome to have Harrison Ford reprise Han Solo, one among so many cameos. While I’m nonetheless hoping that we may sometime see Alden Ehrenreich reprise his youthful Han, when wanting on the general Star Wars timeline, this served as a becoming farewell to the character, so props to J.J. Abrams for convincing Harrison Ford to return to a galaxy far, distant one final time.

Stay tuned to Sahiwal for extra protection about Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and make sure to learn our evaluation of the film. You also can be taught what’s hitting theaters within the new 12 months with our 2020 launch schedule.

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