Boyega Believes Rotating Directors Strengthens the Star Wars Franchise

It's generally agreed upon that the best way to approach telling a story that stretches over multiple films (a trilogy, for example), is to maintain a certain level of consistency in the vision guiding the project. One of the most obvious ways to assure that is to lock up a single director to oversee every chapter of said project, an approach that's been utilized time and again for blockbuster franchise after blockbuster franchise. Indeed, when changes are made to the name on the director's chair in the midst of a grand story, it's big news, often accompanied by concern about what it means for the quality of the film and whether it can hold up to what came before it.

John Boyega, however, has a different take on the subject.

In a recent interview with EW, the rising star, who makes his Star Wars return as the stormtrooper turned rebel hero Finn in The Last Jedi, welcomes Rian Johnson to the franchise with open arms. Johnson, of course, is the director tasked with following up on J.J. Abrams' previous Star Wars installment, The Force Awakens.

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"What people fail to understand sometimes is that the success of these stories that will stay with us long-term is to bring new ideas, is to expand the universe," Boyega said of why he personally welcomed the change in directors from Episode VII to Episode VIII. "So we can have new stories, new people, just a different perspective is awesome. [Rian] had a chance to really go crazy, and I’m a big Star Wars buff so certain things I saw I was just like ‘Well, that’s a first.’ And that, for me, is really cool to experience.”

Debuting in theater on December 15, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a production of Lacasfilm directed by Rian Johnson and starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis, Benicio del Toro, Laura Dern and Kelly Marie Tran.

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