Adam Driver, who plays villain Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, is suggesting some surprises might be in store for audiences when they finally sit down to watch the film. With four months to go until Episode VIII premieres, fans are starting to learn more details about the highly-anticipated sequel. Earlier this month, a massive spread from EW contained all sorts of information, ranging from Rey's strenuous relationship with Luke Skywalker to how the porgs were practical effects on-set. Included in the coverage was the revelation Han Solo's "figurative ghost" will heavily factor into the arcs for both Rey and Kylo Ren, giving their grudge a more personal edge.
Even with all that's come out about The Last Jedi, Kylo's role in the movie has largely been kept under wraps. There are numerous directions for the troubled youngster to go considering the events of The Force Awakens as he completes his training under Supreme Leader Snoke and looks to make up for previous mistakes. Of course, fans have no shortage of theories about what will happen to the dark side user (among other topics), but Driver is hoping the final picture catches some viewers off-guard.
In an interview with Sunday Today (watch the video above), Driver was asked whether or not fans would be happy with the events that will transpire in the blockbuster, expressing his hopes many would be onboard:
"God, I hope. I hope they will. I think it will be hopefully unexpected."
"Unexpected" is definitely one of the buzzwords the Episode VIII marketing campaign has been hammering hard. Mark Hamill made waves by saying he fundamentally disagreed with writer/director Rian Johnson's approach to Luke Skywalker before coming around, and the behind-the-scenes sizzle reel that was shown at D23 featured several soundbites from Johnson and the cast that covered how the story takes Star Wars in a new direction and throws viewers some curveballs. While the creative team admits there are some parallels to The Empire Strikes Back in the script, from the sound of things, The Last Jedi is doing its own thing. After The Force Awakens was accused of being a New Hope remake, Episode VIII is poised to avoid a similar fate with a fresh narrative and all-new, exciting planets.
Driver in particular has been extremely complimentary of Johnson's handling of the material, praising the screenplay on numerous occasions. The actor has promised Star Wars 8 creates "new rules" for the iconic franchise and feels the end result is something "remarkable" due to Johnson's understanding of nuance and ambiguity. Throughout his career, the director has demonstrated immense talent with feature films like Brick and Looper, as well as some of the best episodes of Breaking Bad. Channeling his inner fan, Johnson seems to have made something that stays true to the series' roots while also innovating it. Thankfully, viewers don't have to wait much longer to see what he has in store.
Source: Sunday Today
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