With Supreme Leader Snoke out of the way, Kylo Ren now rules the First Order as Supreme Leader – which likely infuriates and frustrates General Armitage Hux, one of the highest-ranking First Order members still alive.
The actor who plays General Hux, Domhnall Gleeson, expects big things from Star Wars: Episode IX and the return of director J.J. Abrams. Speaking to Variety at the premiere for Little Women, Gleeson said, “I loved working with J.J. before and now it’s great that he gets to come back and complete the trilogy. You can look forward to J.J. doing what he does so well. It will be epic, but it will also be surprising.”
It seems that the excitement of Abrams’ return is felt by much of the cast, as The Force Awakens director was brought back to finish the sequel trilogy after sitting out the middle chapter, The Last Jedi, which was wonderfully directed and written by Rian Johnson. Lucasfilm brought Abrams back after firing Colin Trevorrow from Episode IX last year, a move that was well-received by the fanbase.
The two words that Gleeson used to describe the final chapter of the sequel trilogy – epic and surprising – shouldn’t really come as a shock to us. We should expect it to be epic in that it wraps up the nine-film Skywalker saga, delivering some breathtaking moments and amazing action to go with good storytelling. But at the same time, the trilogy’s conclusion must also contain things that the audience isn’t expecting. That may be especially true as it pertains to the role of General Leia Organa, but I’d imagine that there will be quite a few genuine and awesome surprises in store throughout the film as well – surprises that likely help make the film even more epic.