Rian Johnson Up For Bringing Jar Jar Binks Into New ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy

Star Wars The Last Jedi Rian Johnson Jar JarDirector Rian Johnson is still in the process of figuring out what he wants his trilogy of Star Wars stories to be about, but he has said that he’s not opposed to having existing characters cameo.

Yahoo Entertainment recently got to speak with Rian Johnson as part of the press tour for the newest Star Wars movie. He noted that he loves the sheer amount of creative freedom that Lucasfilm has given him:

“I’m just starting to think about it, and get into, so who knows? I want to keep it just totally wide open in terms of possibilities. That’s what’s so exciting about it right now, just the notion of one story, three movies, the sky’s the limit. We can really do anything. The possibilities are thrilling.”

At the same time, however, he’s revealed that he isn’t opposed to seeing a few familiar faces appear in his narrative — and he jokes that even Jar Jar is fair game:

“I would be down with bringing old Jar Jar back — we’ll see. What if it was just in the style of The Wrestler except it was Jar Jar? We’d shoot it in black and white.”

While I wouldn’t expect Citizen Binks out of Johnson’s movie trilogy, I’m of the opinion that these movies should probably keep the major players from the other trilogies at a distance. Since he’s emphasizing that his story is incredibly different from what we’ve seen before in a Star Wars narrative, the movies should reflect that — give us the new-if-familiar Galaxy Far, Far Away, but don’t feel like you have to include Characters X, Y, and Z to appease the fans.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens 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.

Source: Yahoo! Entertainment

5 Ways ‘The Last Jedi’ Links To Greater ‘Star Wars’ Canon

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Star Wars The Last JediStar Wars: The Last Jedi is right around the corner. The film is the next chapter in the ongoing Skywalker saga. It’s also unique in the Star Wars films as it is the first one to be an immediate sequel to its predecessor. But that does not mean there won’t be plenty of Easter eggs for fans of the greater Star Wars canon to pick up on and enjoy.

One of the biggest criticisms about the previous Star Wars canon, now dubbed Legends, is that ancillary material never connected. Since Disney has taken over and the establishment of the Star Wars Story Group, that has all changed. The modus operandi has been to have everything connect but not in an intrusive way– one that feels more natural to reward the more hardcore fans as well as to intrigue new fans.

Here are 5 ways The Last Jedi links to greater Star Wars canon. Click Next to get started!

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Grant Davis

Grant Davis

A Texan freelance writer with interests in Star Wars, superhero movies, and entertainment in general.

  • Darthmanwe

    He is trolling you all.

    Reporting this as legitimate…….

    • KungFuCthulhu

      There’s only so much you can fit into a headline. It was originally going to read “Rian Johnson Open To Bring In Legacy Characters From Star Wars Movies Into His Trilogy (Even Jar-Jar)”, but there wasn’t room.

      – Grant

  • DharmaPhil

    Absolutely. There are many ways he could be introduced. Nothing major, just a brief scene with an old broke down Jar jar, haunted by the mistakes of his past. If handled properly it could be a beautiful thing.