Star Wars: The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson has addressed his level of involvement, or more accurately lack thereof, in J. J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode IX.
Speaking with MTV News at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, Johnson was asked whether Abrams had kept him in the loop for Star Wars: Episode IX. "No, I've had a couple conversations with him but I've actually really enjoyed, kind of, sitting back waiting to get my popcorn opening day and see how the thing turns out," Johnson said. "I cannot wait."
Johnson was also asked how he would feel if Abrams retconned Rey's parentage in Episode IX, and he appeared unperturbed by the prospect. "Like I said, man, I want to let go of all my expectations," Johnson said. "I want to sit back. I want to be entertained. I want to be surprised. I want to be thrilled. I want him to do stuff that I wasn't expecting him to do and just go along for the ride. For me, that's why, that's why I go to the movies, you know?"
In Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Kylo Ren revealed that Rey's parents were filthy junk traders who sold her off for drinking money and are now buried in a pauper's grave in the Jakku desert. However, some have theorized that Kylo Ren was lying to Rey in an effort to persuade her into joining him. Regardless of which direction Abrams chooses to go with Episode IX, Johnson appears happy to be just a spectator.
Directed and co-written by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: Episode IX stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Keri Russell, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams and Carrie Fisher, with Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant. The film is scheduled to open in theaters on Dec. 20.