Gleeson, who plays General Hux in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, says bringing J.J. Abrams back to direct Star Wars: Episode IX is “exciting” for Star Wars fans…
With the recent news of director Colin Trevorrow and Lucasfilm parting ways fromStar Wars: Episode IX, a familiar face was brought in the fill the void — J.J. Abrams, writer and director for The Force Awakens.
Fans have been pretty much split down the middle with that choice, but Gleason believes it’s the right move to bring Abrams back for the third film in the new trilogy, he reveals in a recent interview with IGN.
"He’s a great director. I think that he did a brilliant job on the first one and it makes absolute sense why after they parted company with Colin that was the place they looked and I think it’s very exciting for the fans of the film that he’s back."
Gleason also talked more about his own role in the upcoming Star Wars installment, is a bit ambiguous in the process:
"Nobody knows what’s going to happen with The Last Jedi — whether I’ll be involved in that film or not. So I don’t think of it as somebody who’s necessarily involved or not involved."
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In The Force Awakens, Hux is the one responsible for executing the order to fire the weapon on Starkiller Base, which destroys the entire Hosnian system.
What we do know thus far about Hux’s origins has been mainly revealed in the Star Wars canon novels, such as the Aftermath trilogy and the recent Phasma book.
As a child, he was psychologically and physically abused by his father, Brendol, who was initially in charge of the Stormtrooper training program, which Armitage later takes over after his father’s death, which he and Phasma are responsible for killing him.
Time will tell if bringing Abrams back is the right decision, but first things first. Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theatres this coming December 15, where we are sure to get a heavy dose of Hux played by Gleeson himself.