The climactic battle of Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and Rey (Daisy Ridley) in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker took six days to film. In a few months, the third film from the sequel trilogy will hit theaters. Directed by J.J. Abrams, the threequel will also serve as the final chapter in the nine-movie Skywalker saga. And based on the remaining key players in the universe, the fight between light and dark will all boil down to Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Leia Organa's (Carrie Fisher) son and a relatively nobody.

Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi left the characters in similar places - both needing to regroup with their respective allies in preparation for their inevitable clash in the future. With his true identity unknown to the Stormtroopers, coupled with the secret of his betrayal involving killing Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis), Kylo is oddly at a very vulnerable position despite having an army at his disposal. Meanwhile, Rey is tasked to lead the remaining Resistance fighters, while also continuing her journey as supposedly the only remaining Jedi alive.

With a brewing collision inevitable, a one-on-one battle is expected between the two faces of the light and dark sides of the Force in The Rise of Skywalker. And based on Anthony Daniels, who plays C-3PO in the beloved franchise, the public won't be disappointed as the much-anticipated battle took six long days to film. The actor recalled his experience working on the upcoming movie while in France as reported by Star Wars News Net:

“He [Daniels] was there during the filming of the official poster scene, says it took them 6 days to film that scene. It was brutal because it was in November and it was non-stop wave after wave. Gave huge props to Daisy and Adam for going through that. Called Daisy a true character hero in the trilogy and in no way, because she’s a feminine character, was it politically driven.”

Kylo Ren and Rey's separation is pretty clear, especially when one looks at the marketing materials released for The Rise of Skywalker. Lucasfilm is clearly highlighting the contrast between the two and the side of the Force they represent. All that being said, there's still a possibility that Abrams may pull a big plot twist leading to either one of them switching sides in the end. What makes this more interesting is the fact that The Last Jedi basically established a connection between the two, and their relationship went as far as them almost teaming together. With that type of relationship, it'll be curious how their next face-to-face will go down especially with the one-year time jump between the movies.

With so much narrative to cover, there's a whole lot of things to be excited for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. But the fact that the beloved saga ultimately depends on Kylo Ren and Rey, not to mention the return of Ian McDermid as Emperor Palpatine is a great set-up for the culminating flick. And considering the impressive action sequence with Kylo Ren and Rey against Snoke's Red Guards in The Last Jedi, it makes sense that Abrams was dedicated to ensure that their next battle anything but a disappointment.

Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019