Rian Johnson to use fan’s crowd noise in Star Wars Episode VIII


Rogue One might be the Star Wars film on everyone’s mind, except a lucky Austin crowd who’s voices will find their way into Star Wars Episode VIII, thanks to Director Rian Johnson.

Star Wars Episode VIII might be a year away, but director Rian Johnson has already revealed a bit of the plot. As it turns out, an Austin, TX crowd will be part of the untitled episode when it debuts December 15th. 2017.  What exactly are we talking about? LocalPOV brings us all the details.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 27: Director Rian Johnson introduces the film ‘Under The Skin’ as part of the BFI Screen Epiphanies in partnership with American Express at The BFI Southbank on July 27, 2015, in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

Each year, local Austin film critic Harry Knowles stages a 24-hour movie marathon in honor of his birthday. Drafthouse Theaters CEO Tim League contributes the theater, and between the pair an awesome list of celebrities bring films, both old and unreleased, for the celebration of all things film. One such fan is Rian Johnson. Johnson has attended the aptly named Butt-Numb-A-Thon for several years now, but this year had a surprise in store for the audience.

During a lull in between films, Johnson began to hype the crowd, attempting to elicit cheers and shouts. All the while the director was recording the sounds, and once the crowd died down, he revealed his true motive. Johnson announced to the crowd “Next year you’ll all be in a Star Wars movie.”

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A clever trick good sir, but if you wanted a true cacophony of noise, perhaps you should have recorded the crowd’s shocked reaction? I’m fairly certain I might have lost my mind. Either way, Johnson did not reveal the exact nature in which he would use the noise, but we doubt the audience will mind how their voices make their appearance in a Star Wars film. We know we wouldn’t