So far we’ve heard a lot about “Star Wars: Episode VIII” from the actor that plays the film’s villain, Adam Driver. We’ve heard his thoughts on Rian Johnson’s script, which he’s called remarkable, but we haven’t really heard much from writer/director Johnson — until now.
In an interview with USA Today, Johnson spoke about “Episode VIII” and gave a brief overview of where the film picks up. Unlike every other “Star Wars” film, which have jumped ahead in time ranging from a year to 30 years, the next one will pick up right where “The Force Awakens” left off — with Rey handing over her lightsaber to its former owner, Luke Skywalker.
“I don’t want to skip ahead two years,” said Johnson. “I want to see the very next moment of what happens.” Additionally, Rey and Luke’s relationship will be “a large part of the movie” and the film will reveal why Luke’s there — and what he plans to do next.
When it comes to Rey, Johnson says that “part of what’s she’s dealing with is the realization that she has this power and this gift… She’s taking her first step to coming to terms with this thing inside her that she never knew was there and is just starting to reveal its potential.”
Up until “Episode VIII,” a number of years passed in-between every “Star Wars” film. So far the briefest amount of time in-between films has been a year, which passed in-universe in-between “Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi.” The longest gap occurred in-between “Return of the Jedi” and “The Force Awakens,” which was a span of time that stretched thirty years. Of course this tradition is not observed by the non-numbered anthology films, like “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” That film ends in the moments just before the start of “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.”
Production on “Episode VIII,” which still doesn’t have an official title wrapped in July. Recently, Adam Driver (who returns as Kylo Ren in the film) said he’d be fine if the film released no promotional materials and just appeared in theaters this December.
“I think that’d be bold,” said Driver. “I’d love it, yeah! Then no one would know anything. The less people know, I feel like, the more exciting… the more of an event it is.”
Written and directed by Rian Johnson and starring Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver and more, “Star Wars: Episode VIII” hits theaters December 15, 2017.
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