Rian Johnson got J. J. Abrams to slightly tweak Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens to suit the narrative of Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, and now it looks like something similar just happened with regards to Star Wars Episode IX. Colin Trevorrow has revealed that he asked Rian Johnson to film an extra scene in order to set up the narrative arc of his Star Wars movie.
Speaking on MTV‘s Happy Sad Confused podcast, Trevorrow revealed that he made a request to Johnson to add a short scene to his Star Wars movie in order to set up the final chapter of the Sequel Trilogy. He also took a moment to praise the Lucasfilm Story Group, who help oversee the development of the new movies:
“There was one little thing. It wasn’t an adjustment, it was just ‘Could you shoot this one extra thing while you’re in this place on this day?’ And he did, which was great. But, y’know, it’s part of the collaborative process that exists – everyone is in communication. There’s such a genuine want to get this right from everybody, and I think that one of the misconceptions is that there’s some kind of great corporate overlord that is dictating this story to everybody, and that’s what it’s going to be because that’s going to sell the most toys. The reality of it is that it’s a small group of people, but it’s actually, y’know, kind of large when you think about it – and none of them are corporate, all of them are creatives and all of them are genuinely, very sincerely, wanting to do the work of their lives in order to realize this.”
While fans that were unimpressed with Jurassic World have expressed anxiety toward Colin Trevorrow since he was announced as the director of a Star Wars movie, and that anxiety has increased since his latest movie (The Book of Henry) was a critical flop, the director certainly seems committed to bringing his A-game toward closing out the Sequel Trilogy – and he’s backed by some of the most talented people at Lucasfilm if he gets in even slightly over his head.
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.