Rian Johnson Leaks a Few Spoileriffic Star Wars: Episode VIII Details

***Spoilers for Star Wars:  The Force Awakens and Episode VIII follow.

Now that Rogue One has taken its rightful place in Star Wars history, Rian Johnson’s Episode VIII is poised to take over our galactic thoughts and dreams. With heavy hearts, we can’t help but simultaneously look forward to, and tear up over what will be Carrie Fisher’s last appearance as General Leia, wondering what the distant future holds for the character.

Among our questions about the next installment are where and when the story will pick up; when last we left Daisy Ridley’s Rey, she’d followed R2-D2’s map to find an epically bearded Luke, returning his father’s lightsaber to (perhaps, her own father) Skywalker. Speaking with USA Today, Johnson quickly revealed that as with Rogue One — ***Minor Spoiler*** — the time passed between films is next to nothing.

Episode VIII continues where The Force Awakens left off with the journey of Jedi-in-training Rey … The new film from the start will explore the relationship between Luke and Rey, who shows up on his remote intergalactic island with his old lightsaber ‘both not knowing what’s going to happen and also having a lot of expectations in her head about how this is going to go. It very much feels like what we all go through in adolescence, the dawning of this new chapter of our lives.'”

 

Like I mentioned, many of us believe the connection between Rey and Luke is a familial one; Johnson added that exploring those ties is “a huge part of especially Rey’s character, something that was a really powerful part of her setup and something I really wanted to dig into with this.”

Continuing Finn’s (John Boyega) and Poe Dameron’s (Oscar Isaac) stories is also a given:

I wanted to know more about each of them, and that doesn’t just mean information or backstory. Figure out what’s the most difficult thing each of them could be challenged with now — let’s throw that at them and dig into what really makes them tick by seeing how they handle that.”

 But, the director confirms that “What’s going on with Luke Skywalker” is Episode VIII‘s main thrust, calling it “the movie’s essential question”.
I’m approaching it with a take that I hope feels honest and real and is going to be interesting to folks and make sense…both [Luke and Rey] not knowing what’s going to happen and also having a lot of expectations in her head about how this is going to go. It very much feels like what we all go through in adolescence, the dawning of this new chapter of our lives.”
Though he wouldn’t reveal the movie’s long-known (since his first draft) title  Johnson promises a return to fun. “I want it to be a blast and to be funny and to be a ride the way The Force Awakens and the original Star Wars movies were.”
Hey, you know what would be super fun?  (I’m glad you asked.) What if the Rogue One cast tried to guess what Rey will first say to Luke when Episode VII opens?
Damn, I wish Diego Luna could be in another installment …
Star Wars:  Episode VIII opens December 15, 2017.
Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis has been writing about the entertainment industry for ​over seven years, and is the ​Editor-in-Chief at Oohlo, where she muses over television, movies, and pop culture. Previous Senior News Editor at Pajiba, and published at BUST.

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  • a return to fun is cool, because i liked rogue one but ya “fun” is not how i would describe it . Which is sad, because look Diego is clearly fun and he had no fun in RO. none. no fun sir.

    Also i’ll keep Mendelsohn please and thank you. (meanwhile mads is just like “i’m not here to talk im here to stare off pensively”)

  • ChainedVase

    There is no way that Mads has even seen The Force Awakens, ha ha. Fortunately we just need him to sit there looking like he do.