Directing a Star Wars film would be a dream come true for many filmmakers, but the opportunity to direct actors reprising their roles from the original trilogy is another special privilege in and of itself. Rian Johnson has had the honor of working with both Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher as they reprise their most iconic characters in Luke Skywalker and General Leia Organa for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Director J.J. Abrams may be the only director in this sequel trilogy to have worked Hamill, Fisher and Harrison Ford with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but Abrams left Johnson with the privilege of telling a Luke Skywalker-centric story.
Having the opportunity to write a brand new script for these beloved characters is one thing. Meeting them and collaborating with the performers who brought them to life 40 years ago is on another level.
Johnson spoke with The New York Times about his experience directing the film, particularly the times he spent with both Hamill and Fisher and how he connected with them:
“It took a while before I could sit across the table with Mark and not, every three seconds, think, I’m talking to Luke Skywalker. With Carrie, I felt we connected as writers very quickly. She spoke her mind, man. They both did.”
Hamill and Fisher both gave Johnson their trust with their beloved roles. We have already seen a bit of how 30 years have impacted Leia and will see even more with the new film, but now that we will finally see what Luke has been up to, fans are curious as to how their respective narratives play out.
Johnson expressed his gratitude for both Hamill and Fisher’s blessings regarding his script:
“Anyone whose life is that weirdly tied to a character like this, where you drop a script in their lap and say, ‘Now it’s this,’ there’s no way it’s not a discussion. But they were both so engaged in the process, and trusting. The fact that both of them at some point said, ‘O.K., even if this isn’t what I was expecting, I’m going to trust you,’ — that was really touching.”
Johnson also reflected on his return to editing the film following Fisher’s death last December, expressing that her last cinematic performance should have fans very happy:
“When she passed away, we were pretty deep into post-production. When we came back to the edit room after New Year’s, it was so hard. We went through all her scenes. I felt very strongly that we don’t try to change her performance. We don’t adjust what happens to her in this movie. Emotionally, you can’t help re-contextualize it, now that she’s gone. It’s almost eerie how there are scenes that have an emotional resonance and a meaning, especially now. She gives a beautiful and complete performance in this film.”
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Written and directed by Rian Johnson, the film stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis, Benicio del Toro, Laura Dern and Kelly Marie Tran.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrives in our galaxy on December 15, 2017.
Source: The New York Times
8 ‘Star Wars’ Spin-Off Movies We Really Want To See
May the 4th be with you, everyone! Even on May the 8th! With Star Wars weekend in the rear-view mirror, it’s still a great time to kick back, get out your old glow-in-the-dark lightsaber toys and Darth Vader Halloween masks, and pop in those original trilogy DVDs. Maybe even all 8 currently-released films, if you’re up for the challenge (both mental and otherwise). Speaking of which, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story just came out on Blu-ray, marking the first home release of many Star Wars spin-off movies to come.
Of these, only one future title has been confirmed – Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, to be released in May of 2018. Beyond that, we know Disney had at least two more planned, and probably more down the line. And why not? The Star Wars universe is so ripe for exploration. There are so many characters we were introduced to in the Saga movies that could easily get their own film. And it doesn’t stop there. The legacy of the Jedi and the Sith go back thousands of years, opening up virtually endless possibilities of story material.
Given this abundance of material just waiting to be tapped into, Heroic Hollywood decided to celebrate the Star Wars holiday by compiling a list of the Star Wars stand-alone movies we’d most like to see. While some of the films on this list are more likely to be developed than others, they each share one unifying factor: they’d all be freakin’ awesome!
Heroic Hollywood proudly presents the 8 ‘Star Wars’ Spin-Off Movies We Really Want To See! Click next to get started. And may the Force be with you!