Disney and Lucasfilm are keeping details about their next movie, Star Wars: The Last Jedi under tight security. The cast and crew of the project will not even be present to answer questions at San Diego Comic-Con later this month. However, it looks like director Rian Johnson has already revealed major information about the anticipated Episode VIII six months ago.
Johnson’s Movie Inspirations
There are a lot of rumors and speculations surrounding Star Wars: The Last Jedi. But since Lucasfilm is keeping mum about the movie, a lot of these “leaks” from “insiders” should be taken with a grain of salt. It looks like Nerdist has weeded out the filth and found what rumors are true based on previous statements from Johnson himself way back in January.
The site reread Johnson’s interview with Collider where the director talked about the movies that inspired Episode VIII. Johnson mentioned titles such as Three Outlaw Samurai, Twelve O’Clock High and To Catch A Thief. While directors are often asked about these sort of questions, it looks like Johnson’s is a takeaway as to what fans will see in the upcoming movie.
First off, Three Outlaw Samurai from popular Japanese director Hideo Gosha. In the movie, the hero defeated all his adversaries through a masterful swordplay. Rumor has it that Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and the Knights of Ren will be heading to Ahch-To where Luke Skywalker (Luke Hamill) is training Rey (Daisy Ridley). However, even if he was outnumbered, the Jedi was able to defeat the Knights of Ren and even had to face his nephew and former padawan, Kylo.
Secondly, Twelve O’Clock High is a movie from Henry King about the World War II which used real aerial combat footage. It was about an Allied bomber squadron in a suicide mission to take out German troops from occupied France. After their defeat in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the First Order is expected to retaliate.
Nerdist speculated that Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and the rest of the Black Squadron are going to a similar mission to take down Episode VIII’s Super Star Destroyer. Could he and his team survive the First Order’s new weapon or will they have the same fate as the heroes of Twelve O’Clock High?
Finally, To Catch a Thief by Alfred Hitchcock inspired the casino planet called Canto Bright. Cary Grant’s John Robie, a former thief attempted to stop another thief. However, because of his past, no one believes him. At one point, Joyn Boyega’s Finn will also have to confront his past, but it seems that the Resistance will feel a little wary of the former Stormtrooper.
Despite the fact that the movie will explore the parentage of its new lead character, Rey, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back is not one of Johnson’s influences. The director already assured that his upcoming movie will be different from Episode V.
Bid for a Signed Star Wars: The Last Jedi Script
Meanwhile, it looks like getting an early access to Star Wars: The Last Jedi is going to be expensive. Movie Script Zone, an autograph-selling site, has listed a signed script of Episode VIII. The alleged script was signed by lead stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong’o, Benicio del Toro, Andy Serkis, Peter Mayhew and even Tom Hardy.
Right now, the script is being sold for $299 (from its original price of $899.95). The site claims that all their items are 100% authentic and will be shipped with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is expected to explore some of the mysteries of the new trilogy. It also will reveal how the unfortunate passing of Carrie Fisher will affect the franchise moving forward. The movie will be released on Dec. 15.
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