J.J. Abrams Says Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Ending Was 'Most Challenging' Work He's Ever Done

J.J. Abrams of 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' at Disney’s D23 EXPO 2019
J.J. Abrams of 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' at Disney’s D23 EXPO 2019 / Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney

While Star Wars fans await the release of the franchise's newest installment, December's The Rise of Skywalker, they've gone wild with theories on how the final film in the Skywalker saga will conclude. The movie's title alone has sparked speculation that Luke Skywalker could be a Force Ghost or that we could see a possible return of Anakin Skywalker.

And apparently, director J.J. Abrams has felt the pressure to make it the best installment ever. As reported by ComicBook.com, the cast of the film spoke with the Star Wars YouTube channel, where the seasoned director reflected on his work.

"It’s been a gift to work with these people again," Abrams said. "To get to deal with these characters again. I didn’t think that was going to happen for me. This ending, which is such an important thing for all of us, by far, has been the most challenging thing I’ve ever worked on."

While Abrams is no stranger to the world of directing, or even a galaxy far, far away, having already helmed Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it's not hard to believe that this film is in a whole other league. Since Mark Hamill's debut as Luke Skywalker in the first installment in 1977, the Star Wars fandom has only grown more and more by the years. We're looking forward to seeing what Abrams has up his sleeve when The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters December 20.