Director Rian Johnson has revealed that Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi will be more-or-less completed a few months ahead of its release date.
Johnson spoke recently on the Talkhouse podcast, with The Bad Batch director Ana Lily Amirpour about their respective experiences finishing up their films. Johnson revealed that he’s already planning out some of his next projects as post-production on The Last Jedi is about to wrap up a few months ahead of the film’s release (conversation starts at about 32:18):
Ana Lily Amirpour: What are you gonna do after Star Wars?
Rian Johnson: Well, that’s the thing – I’ve got, like, a couple idea that I’ve been working on. Pretty well-developed. I just gotta sit down and fuckin’ write one of them. And I guess my pipe dream is… ‘Cause we’re actually gonna be done with [The Last Jedi], if we stick to schedule, we’re done with post-production, like, in August – and the movie doesn’t come out ’till Christmas. So I’ll have a couple months that I’m hoping – my pipe dream is I’ll actually write one of these scripts.
Johnson’s progress isn’t all that surprising considering that The Last Jedi was originally meant to release in May over Memorial Day Weekend. It’s good to know that one currently-ongoing Star Wars production is moving along quite smoothly.
Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi will rise on December 15, 2017. The movie’s cast includes Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico, Laura Dern as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke, Domhnall Gleeson as General Armitage Hux, Benicio Del Toro as “DJ”, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, and Jimmy Vee as R2-D2.
The Bad Batch will have a limited release in theaters starting tomorrow and features a cast that includes Suki Waterhouse, Jason Momoa, Giovanni Ribisi, Yolonda Ross, Jim Carrey, Keanu Reeves, Diego Luna, and Cory Roberts.