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Knives Out: Rian Johnson Reveals Last Jedi Feedback Influenced Film

According to Knives Out director Rian Johnson, some of the biggest influences for his new film came from angry online feedback he received after directing Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

“Anyone who’s on Twitter these days, God bless you because it’s rough waters out there, but there’s also wonderful stuff about it,” Johnson told Deadline. “That’s why we’re all still on it I guess. That’s one of the things Knives Out engages with, the current state of online culture. Whether you made a Star Wars movie or you have a cooking show, whatever you’re doing on there, someone’s going to be screaming at you about it probably. Let’s put it on a screen in a way we can all maybe have a laugh about it.”

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The Last Jedi was controversial among some groups of fans who felt betrayed by Johnson's take on several of the franchise's oldest characters -- namely, Luke Skywalker. At one point, a group of angry fans even started a petition to have the film de-canonized and remade.

In Knives Out, Johnson created a specific character to represent this group of angry fans: Jacob Thrombey. Played by Jaeden Martell, Thrombey is an immature and secretive teenager who spends the entirety of the film tweeting alt-right hate speech. His behavior baffles even his most conservative relatives.

Written, produced and directed by Rian Johnson, Knives Out stars Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Lakeith Stanfield, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Ana de Armas, and Jamie Lee Curtis, Jaeden Martell, Katherine Langford, Frank Oz, Toni Collette, Christopher Plummer, and Riki Lindhome. It is scheduled to be released on Nov. 27.

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