The final seconds of Star Wars: The Force Awakens left fans longing for any details surrounding Star Wars: Episode VIII. Who are Rey’s parents? What will happen with Luke?
While audiences still have a long way to go before Episode VIII debuts in theaters on December 15, 2017, more details are surfacing about the secretive project.
During a recent interview with Collider for his upcoming film Paterson, Driver also discussed his thoughts on the Episode VIII script and what it was like working with Rian Johnson after developing the character of Kylo Ren during The Force Awakens.
“Maybe this is just me thinking of myself, but I’m surprised [because] in their shoes I’d be way more stressed out than [J.J. and Rian] seem to be. Rian is coming into something that we kind of set up and he just took it to the next level in a really great way. He wrote it, too, and Rian’s writing is so clear. I learned a lot of things about my character through his writing. Some things we talked about before and some things we didn’t. He was working on [the script] while we were still working on the first one. To understand what J.J. was doing and take ownership from there is kind of a remarkable thing. And he’s the most polite, unassuming guy and he was appropriately territorial about some things but would still be the first to admit when something’s not working. A lot of times you need to rise to understand what the script is, and perhaps I’m beginning to be unclear, but he’s a great person to work with.”
With Episode VIII being the second film in this trilogy, comparisons to Empire Strikes Back have become inevitable. Driver explained that at times it does feel similar to Empire but yet is a completely original story.
“It’s great. It’s similar to how The Empire Strikes Back has a different tone. For that people always go “oooh, it’s dark” but I don’t know that it necessarily is. It’s just different in tone in a way that I think is great and necessary but also very clear. He trusts [that] his audience is ready for nuance and ambiguity. He’s not dumbing anything down for someone and that’s really fun to play.”
Starring Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis, Laura Dern, Kelly Marie Tran and Benicio del Toro, Star Wars: Episode VIII opens in theaters on December 15, 2017. Are you looking forward to the movie?