Adam Driver speaks to Rian Johnson’s vision for Star Wars: The Last Jedi…
While Lucasfilm has been busy attempting to right the ship for its untitled Star Wars: Han Solo stand alone film, Rian Johnson seems to have everything under control on his project — Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
One of the stars of The Last Jedi — Adam Driver (Kylo Ren) — spoke with Huffington Post about Rian Johnson’s script for Episode VIII, as well as his directing style for the film.
"I said what Rian had written was remarkable. He created new rules for the Star Wars universe and balanced the familiar and unfamiliar very adeptly while respecting that his audience can handle ambiguity. Which you can see in his previous films. Characters and story are his priority."
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Creating “new rules” for the Star Wars universe can land a director in trouble, as Lord and Miller found out with the Han Solo project. However, Johnson has a history of changing the game in movies like Looper, so perhaps Kathleen Kennedy and Lucasfilm have been happy with his vision for The Last Jedi, so far.
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There is also the question of Luke Skywalker’s now infamous words at the end of the first official trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. In that trailer, Luke utters “It’s time for the Jedi to end,” causing fans of the franchise to wonder if Luke has turned to the Dark Side of the Force, or if he has become a Grey Jedi during exile on Ahch-To.
If Luke has changed his way of thinking in The Last Jedi, becoming something more balanced in the Force than just a Jedi, then it would explain such characters introduced to the new Star Wars canon as Maz Kanata and Ahsoka Tano.
While Ahsoka used to be a Jedi, she became a powerful Force user in Star Wars Rebels without the Jedi label to her name. And, Maz Kanata is a powerful Force user, but never chose a side — Sith or Jedi — in the struggle between the Dark Side and the Light.
We are confident that Rian Johnson is bringing the absolute best version of the next Star Wars film to the big screen, and seeing bonafide stars like Adam Driver praise Johnson’s story, only excites us even more.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters worldwide on December 15.