One thing I’m sick of as a Star Wars fan is hearing about how The Force Awakens was a rehash of A New Hope – while there was admittedly quite a bit of the third act that was derivative of the Original Trilogy, the characters and their story arcs were completely different than anything we’ve seen before in a Star Wars movie. The good news is that director Rian Johnson has outright shut down the possibility that The Last Jedi is going to be a remake of The Empire Strikes Back.
So far, the only possible causes for concern that the movie was going to go down the path of being a redo of The Empire Strikes Back are the aforementioned complaints about The Force Awakens and its similarities to A New Hope, along with what little we know about the movie’s plot – that Luke Skywalker’s training of Rey and there being a sequence where speeders take on massive walkers on the surface of a white planet – having some parallels to one of the greatest sequels of all time. Johnson used Twitter to assure a worried fan that his movie is something he’s worked hard on to ensure that it will be completely new:
I’ve addressed it the only way I possibly can – by spending the past three years of my life making a film I do not think is derivative.
— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) May 30, 2017
Unfortunately, Johnson’s reassurance will likely go over the heads of ‘fans’ who are dead-set on their disdain for Disney’s continuation of the franchise and will go out of the way to slam the Sequel Trilogy. The good news for the rest of us is that the new cast of characters will likely continue to diverge from their Original Trilogy counterparts in a meaningful way as we’re introduced to a wealth of new ideas and locations.
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.