‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: Rian Johnson Elaborates On His Creative Freedom

Star Wars Rian JohnsonThe Star Wars franchise is in a very peculiar place when it comes to their recent history with certain directors. With the many stories behind Josh Trank’s departure from his proposed standalone film, Gareth Edwards and the reshoot drama on Rogue One, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller being removed from the untitled Han Solo film and now Colin Trevorrow departing Episode IXit is a wonder that The Last Jedi seems to be nothing but smooth sailing for both Rian Johnson and LucasFilm.

Particularly with the removal of Lord and Miller earlier this summer, many fans were beginning to question whether or not Kathleen Kennedy is truly allowing enough creative freedom for these filmmakers to test their sensibilities in the franchise that has certainly shaped their imaginations and passion for filmmaking from an early age.

These numerous stories of directors leaving these new films over “creative differences” is quite bizarre, especially given the fact that a true auteur like Johnson has managed to make this newest Star Wars film his own – especially given that it is the next chapter in the Skywalker Saga.

Speaking with The New York Times, Johnson further elaborated on the extent of the creative freedom he was granted from LucasFilm when writing and directing The Last Jedi: 

“I had figured there would be a big map on the wall with the whole story laid out, and it was not that at all. I was basically given the script for Episode VII; I got to watch dailies of what J. J. was doing. And it was like, where do we go from here? That was awesome.”

Based on this comment, Johnson had the opportunity to run wild with the story for The Last Jedi. Given that this will be the first sequel in the saga to take place immediately where the previous film left off, it seems that any potential creative constraints were confined to what J.J. Abrams set up for him.

Johnson specified that he was not given a specific roadmap to follow when crafting the narrative of the film:

“Nothing like that. But it’s the second film in a trilogy. The first film got these characters here. This second movie has to dig into and challenge these characters. I wanted this to be a satisfying experience unto itself. I didn’t want it to end with a dot, dot, dot, question mark.”

LucasFilm is reportedly quite satisfied with what Johnson has created for them. If they are truly pleased with the finish product, reports claiming that Johnson is the frontrunner to replace Trevorrow for Episode IX certainly make sense.

At the end of the day, audiences should rest easy with The Last Jedi. With little-to-no drama from the outside looking in as well as an exciting filmmaker with a signature vision, it is possible that this new chapter could be one of the best the franchise has ever seen.

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 

10 Best Moments From The ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Teaser Trailer

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The Last Jedi 1The wait is finally over, folks. The first trailer for the eagerly-anticipated Star Wars: The Last Jedi premiered at Star Wars Celebration Orlando to rapturous applause. Now that the world has been given an official first look at what happens following the events of The Force Awakens, let’s rundown through 10 of the best moments from this incredible trailer.

These moments will range from what new story details have been revealed to just plain exciting moments of cinematic wonder that only a film series like Star Wars can conjure up. So without further ado, let’s rundown 10 highlights from this new trailer.

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