Star Wars fans are eagerly awaiting the finale of the Skywalker saga with J.J. Abrams' The Rise of Skywalker, and finding out whether or not he has stuck the landing. Of course, not everyone is so eager, with the usual culprits of the Star Wars fandom already spreading vicious rumours that test screenings for the movie have been very badly received, with people even storming out.
Thankfully, J.J. Abrams himself has put these rumours to bed, stating that the film has not even had any test screenings, and that not even he has seen the final product yet. Asked if anyone had seen the finished product yet, the director said this.
"Oh yeah, yeah. Sure, I mean the final final? No. I mean the truth is, I have not even gotten to see the final product. The way it works is you do the mix, you go back and forth between two different places like you're doing the picture at the color correction place, you're doing the sound at the mix stage, so it's like you're getting it in pieces, where you say "Oh that looks amazing!" but there's no sound to it. And then you go and you say "Oh that sounds incredible!" Then you're still putting pieces together in your head, but of course I've shown it at a friends and family screening, but we've never done like a test screening."
So, it sounds like only his friends and family are the lucky (or unlucky, depending on your opinion) ones so far to have seen the film in its entirety. Whether the lack of test screenings is a good or bad thing is open to debate, no doubt the dark side of the Star Wars fan community will use it as proof that the film will bring about the end of cinema as we know it, of course it could be evidence of Disney's faith in Abrams to bring this new trilogy to an end, unencumbered.
As well as ending the decade-spanning series, The Rise of Skywalker will also be the final big screen appearance of Carrie Fisher following her tragic death in 2016. Though Abrams remained vague over whether Fisher's family have seen the film, he asserted his dedication to making something that would honour her.
"I don't want to talk about that, per se, because it just -- I don't think it's quite my place, although I would love to go and talk about it, but I will say that nothing has been more important to me than making sure we do something that Carrie herself would have been happy with, and proud of. And I feel like we've done that."
Lastly, Abrams was quizzed over whether George Lucas is included in 'friends and family' and if he, as the creator of Star Wars, has been blessed with seeing the film at all, especially considering his vocal disappointment concerning some of the elements in the Disney trilogy.
"We just finished it and he always sees them fully. So, I look forward to hearing from him. But I do feel like the thing I'm happiest about is I feel like we've told a story that if you look at all nine movies as sort of one new story, I think that there really is a feeling that there is this central story, this inevitability -- and I'm just -- I could not be more proud of the work this cast and crew have done."
Taking these answers into account, it certainly sounds like nobody has seen The Rise of Skywalker in all of its glory (or shame) just yet, but we will all get that chance when the film hits screens on December 20, 2019. This comes from Esquire.