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J. J. Abrams has a lot of pressure on him. This is because he has the responsibility of directing Star Wars: Episode IX which, in turn, means that he is closing out the sequel trilogy and, quite possibly, the entire Skywalker saga. However, he has a fantastic foundation to build upon to make sure Episode IX delivers. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which J. J. also directed, was a great film and Rian Johnson’s outstanding Star Wars: The Last Jedi has set the stage for Episode IX to bring this trilogy and saga to an emotionally satisfying conclusion.
Nonetheless, not everyone is as optimistic going into Episode IX as I am. Like every film, some people were not as enamoured with The Last Jedi as I and many others were. Still, to me, the backlash towards this film has been pretty toxic, irrational and abhorrent. In an interview with Indiewire, it is clear that J. J. Abrams feels the same way when it comes to those who criticised the focus on the female characters in the film.
J. J. Abrams’ Comments
This is what J. J. had to say on this sexist backlash to The Last Jedi:
“Star Wars is a big galaxy, and you can sort of find almost anything you want to in Star Wars. If you are someone who feels threatened by women and needs to lash out against them, you can probably find an enemy in Star Wars. You can probably look at the first movie that George [Lucas] did [Star Wars: A New Hope] and say that Leia was too outspoken, or she was too tough. Anyone who wants to find a problem with anything can find the problem. The internet seems to be made for that.”
J. J. Abrams also spoke about whether any of this reaction has changed his ideas for Episode IX:
“Not in the least. There’s a lot that I would like to say about it, but I feel like it’s a little early to be having the Episode IX conversation. I will say that the story of Rey and Poe and Finn and Kylo Ren — and if you look, there are three men and one woman, to those that are complaining that there are too many women in Star Wars — their story continues in a way that I couldn’t be more excited about and cannot wait for people to see.”
Episode IX Is In Good Hands
I am pleased that J. J. has made these comments. It shows that he is not going to be reactionary and make rash decisions with Episode IX. I cannot wait to see him continue what Rian Johnson established in The Last Jedi, especially as he was a fan of The Last Jedi script to such an extent that, as reported by The Washington Post back in 2015, he wishes he had written it himself.
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