Rian Johnson wants to curb any comparison between Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back and his new movie Star Wars: The Last Jedi. On Twitter, the director responded to the concerns of fans that the upcoming movie will be a rehash of the now-iconic twist from the original trilogy.
The New Trilogy’s Empire Strikes Back
However, some fans skeptical about Johnson’s follow-up to 2015’s The Force Awakens. On Twitter, a fan commented that The Last Jedi will just be a “rehashed version” of Empire Strikes Back. Here is what Johnson have to say.
“Greg is right actually, I’ve spent the last three years just copying Empire,” he tweeted.
Greg is right actually, I've spent the last three years just copying Empire.
— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) April 21, 2017
Johnson is, of course, being sarcastic. But claims that The Last Jedi will be a rehash of Empire Strikes Back are not unfounded. The trailer already features a Jedi in training. Johnson also assured that the identity of Rey’s (Daisy Ridley) parents will finally be revealed. Moreover, Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and the First Order are expected to retaliate after their big defeat in the previous movie.
Moreover, Abrams’ The Force Awakens also has some similarities with A New Hope, but the movie broke box office records worldwide and is generally regarded as a good movie. It grossed over $2 billion in the global box office.
Johnson is a very different director from Abrams. Moreover, he does not seem to want to tell the same story either so the tweet above should give fans peace of mind until Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in theaters worldwide.
Mark Hamill and Daisy Ridley’s Reaction to The Last Jedi
Meanwhile, the first script read for the still-untitled Star Wars Episode IX is about to begin but, recently, Mark Hamill has spoken about his initial opposition to the story penned by Johnson for The Last Jedi. In an interview with ABC’s Nightline (via Express), the actor who plays the role of Luke Skywalker revealed that he was not happy with the fate of his character in the upcoming movie.
“When I read [episode] eight I told Rian, ‘I fundamentally disagree with virtually everything you’ve decided about my character,” Hamill shared. His opposition might be from the fact that Luke wants to end the existence of the Jedi, something that the character has spoken about in the trailer.
But Hamill’s dislike about the direction of the movie does not mean The Last Jedi would be bad. “But it might be a good sign! Because I was really wrong about [episode seven],” he pointed out.
But even Ridley had a few things to say to Johnson when she read the script. The actress recalled that she also went to the filmmaker’s office to talk about the events in the movie.
That said, fans should expect some pretty big changes when the eighth movie to the saga arrives in December.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi Movie Details
The follow-up to The Force Awakens has been a massive success, so far. The recently released trailer has now garnered over 30 million views on YouTube alone.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will also star Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Billie Lourd and Laura Dern. It will also feature Carrie Fisher’s final performance as General Leia Organa. The movie will hit the big screen on Dec. 15.
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