25 Nov 2021 2:33 PM +00:00 UTC

Returning Star Wars Character Hints Bigger Role in The Rise of Skywalker

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Almost two years after the Skywalker saga officially concluded, fans are still divided about Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Many people believe it was a disastrous ending to the storied saga which spanned four decades but to some, Episode IX was a fitting finale to one of the most celebrated film franchises in existence. To its credit, the film tried to deliver as much fan service as it could and the third act alone featured some familiar faces (and voices) that true blue fans definitely appreciated.

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One cameo that delighted fans is the returning Wedge Antilles who appeared in his X-Wing during the epic final battle between the Resistance and The Final Order. The famed original trilogy character only appeared briefly in the film but according to actor Denis Lawson, J.J. Abrams initially approached him to do five days of filming, something that he wasn't able to accommodate at the time due to his prior commitments.

In an interview with the Making Tracks podcast, Lawson seemed to tease that his role in The Rise of Skywalker was originally larger than what most fans got. He explains: "They wanted me to do five days on the movie, but I was in a play and then directing a play, so I was just out of it, and he said I don't think we can make this work, and I said, 'Come on, we can do this!' So, instead of five days I just managed one, but it was lovely to get back on the set. It was nice to step back on, it really was."

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While it would've been nice to see Wedge interact more with other characters from the film, especially the new ones, his appearance in The Rise of Skywalker was still a nice added touch and say what you will about the final installment in the Skywalker saga, it still tried its best to please longtime fans.

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