Force might have always been considered a mystical concept that powered both the Sith and the Jedi in Star Wars’ galaxy far, far away, but after George Lucas introduced the prequel trilogy, Force sensitivity was reduced into nothing but a biological function. Force users could tap into the Force because of midi-chlorians in their body – intelligent microscopic life forms present in all living things. If they come in high enough numbers, then a being could use the Force.
This little set-up disappointed fans. Luckily, the sequel trilogy has since returned to the original definition of the Force.
Though it seems unlikely that Star Wars might return to midi-chlorians, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker director J.J. Abrams has been talking with George Lucas about the Force creatures.
Speaking in an interview with Games Radar, Abrams revealed that Lucas actually had "a lot of things to say about the nature of the Force, the themes that he was dealing with when he was writing the movies. Yes, there were some conversations about midi-chlorians – he loves his midi-chlorians."
We understand that this little conversation between the directors might cause a bit of concern among fans. However, we don’t really see Abrams bringing midi-chlorians back in The Rise of Skywalker. It would undo everything that Disney’s sequel trilogy has built.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi has made it clear that the Force has nothing to do with midi-chlorians. The film painted the Force as an energy, something that comes with life, with death. It’d be a surprise to see The Rise of Skywalker undoing all of that.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker premieres December 20, 2019.