Back in February, J.J. Abrams presented photographic evidence of how close the cast of the current Star Wars trilogy has grown. The filmmaker’s candid behind-the-scenes image showed leads Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac locked in an emotional embrace on the set of The Rise of Skywalker, as the saga-capping has been titled.
For the director with a meager social media presence (he has made five whole tweets!), it was the perfect pic to use to announce the end of production. Yet as we learned after talking to the cast at April's Star Wars Celebration in Chicago, that now-famous photo wasn't even snapped on the final day of shooting.
"That wasn't when we wrapped, that's how much we love each other," Ridley told us (watch above). "I said to them this morning, ‘Imagine if we didn't like each other?’"
It feels impossible, but today wrapped photography on Episode IX. There is no adequate way to thank this truly magical crew and cast. I’m forever indebted to you all. pic.twitter.com/138AprtFuZ— JJ Abrams (@jjabrams) February 15, 2019
"That was towards the end of filming in the desert, we still had a bit to go back in London," Isaac said in reference to the location in Wadi Rum, Jordan. Then he dropped the slightest of spoilers: "It's an example of how close we got, and how much we genuinely love each other. For me one of the great things about this film is I got to work so much more with John Boyega, and I just really love him deeply as a person. So I think that comes across. It will come across in the film."
"Every day just felt emotional," Boyega said. "I guess there was a sense throughout the whole film that this was the last one. So we'd hug each other after a long day when we struggled and we achieved a lot."
So who cried the hardest once they finally did wrap? Abrams wasn't naming names, Kelly Marie Tran defaulted to a diplomatic "we all did," and Isaac admitted he "shed some hard tears."
Boyega and Ridley, who called herself "a hot mess" on the last day, however, will gladly both claim the title.
"It's going to be between me and Daisy," Boyega confessed. I was bawling."
"Oh, me," Ridley said. "I literally can't remember a lot of it. [I was] just wailing. … There's like a blur. J.J. said some words about me. I was like [imitating herself crying], 'It's too sweet. I can't hear them.' And then I said something, [more crying 'It's so sweet everyone.' I can't remember it."
May the 4th be with you. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opens Dec. 20.
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