General Hux actor Domhnall Gleeson says the first time he read writer-director Rian Johnson’s script for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, there were elements in it different than what he expected. In less than three months, the eighth episode in the Skywalker family saga will finally hit theaters with The Last Jedi, featuring the return of such Force Awakens stars as Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac to what looks to be a very dark chapter in newest Star Wars trilogy.
Also back in the fold is Gleeson, an acclaimed performer who has built a solid resume over the years with roles in such films as both parts of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Ex Machina and The Revenant. He also, of course, landed a plum role as the villainous General Hux of the First Order in The Force Awakens, appearing in pivotal scenes in the film with Kylo Ren (Driver) and the hologram of Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis).
Back on the big screen this coming weekend with a major role opposite Tom Cruise in the true-life crime drama American Made, Gleeson is graciously answering, spoiler-free, questions about The Last Jedi. In an interview with Collider, the actor said his first meeting with Johnson was exciting because he found some surprising elements in the script. He says:
“When I read it I needed to talk to him, and I think that’s always a good sign. I was like, ‘Wow there’s some stuff there which is kind of—not scary but different to what I expected,’ and that’s a really, really nice thing. I think that’s a really positive thing, I think that’s important for those films that we don’t repeat ourselves. So I just wanted to talk to him, and when I talked to him he was so clear and so confident, not in a brash way but he knew the film he wanted to make, and it was a really lovely thing. Just [to] sit down with a filmmaker you really enjoy… but to see him, just the confidence of it and his excitement about what it could be and everything, it was really pleasing to see. Very calming. And I got really excited about being in it, and it was a really very, very cool experience working with him. I would love to work with him again, I really enjoyed it.”
Hearing that the film won’t be a repeat of the The Force Awakens will no doubt excite fans, and naturally pique their interest levels at the same time. Gleeson’s observations definitely contribute to the air of mystery behind The Last Jedi, since fans have gotten to see relatively little footage (to date, just a teaser trailer and behind-the-scenes reel) to try to piece together just what direction the film is going to take. In some ways, Gleeson is in the same boat as fans, even though he’s far more privy to the narrative of The Last Jedi than the average moviegoer. He says:
“I’m just really interested to see the film now, as well. You never know what something’s gonna be like. Even when you read the script, you don’t know what the tone of something is gonna be. You can guess at it, but I can’t wait to see it. I just wanna sit in a room full of people and watch that movie and see what it does to us.”
Hopefully, part of Gleeson’s excitement surrounds more scenes with Hux, since the character was more supporting in nature in The Force Awakens. And while the actor knows that his role in The Last Jedi isn’t at the forefront of the film’s marketing campaign, it’s great to see his appreciation and enthusiasm for taking part in what promises to be the biggest film event of the year.
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