Adam Driver says writer and director Rian Johnson has created "new rules" for the franchise in Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi. And in many ways, The Last Jedi is shaping up to be an unintended response to many of the complaints fans and critics had about The Force Awakens, most of which revolved around the overwhelming similarities between its plot and that of A New Hope. Everyone involved in the film has been quick to not only praise Johnson's work on it but also to point out just how different The Last Jedi feels when compared to all of the other Star Wars films that have come before it.
That's saying something considering that very little is actually known still about the plot and story of The Last Jedi, which like all of the other films from the Disney-owned era of the franchise, has been kept under tight lock and key from the very beginning. However, one of the film's biggest proponents and supporters has always been Adam Driver, who previously called Johnson's script for the film "remarkable," echoing many of his co-stars other sentiments from the past year or so.
During a recent interview with The Huffington Post, Driver elaborated slightly on his previous comments about the script, and what fans can expect from The Last Jedi when it hits theaters later this December:
“[Johnson] created new rules for the Star Wars universe and balanced the familiar and unfamiliar very adeptly while respecting that his audience can handle ambiguity. Which you can see in his previous films. Characters and story are his priority."
It was made clear fairly quickly in the first trailer for The Last Jedi that Rian Johnson was going to be taking a much different approach to the film, visually, tonally, and thematically than what J.J. Abrams did with The Force Awakens. Driver's comments about Johnson creating new rules for the franchise only further backs up what many fans and analysts had already assumed about the new film, and what Johnson himself has said about his creative process for it.
It'll likely be much closer to the film's release date before details about those new rules are actually revealed, but it only adds another level of mystery to the overall trajectory of the film. In Driver's case, Kylo Ren was only glimpsed briefly in the teaser trailer, and there hasn't been much revealed about his arc in the film since then either. Johnson has teased that the film will pick up with Kylo when he's grappling with an even greater internal conflict than before, as a direct result of killing his father, Han Solo, at the end of The Force Awakens. But how Kylo Ren may or may not factor into these new rules and creative directions will have to remain a mystery for the time being.
Source: Huffington Post
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