Rian Johnson: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Isn’t ‘Empire Strikes Back 2.0’

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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:

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.

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Star WarsThe Star Wars Universe is one of the greatest cinematic achievements of all time and the high quality of the recent films are not only proving how strong a franchise it is, but also continuing to gain legions of new fans every year. The series is fantastic and Disney’s films have brought it back in favor with both audiences and fans, but like any good franchise there are always ways in which a series can improve and as a huge fan I don’t think the series is at its full potential yet. There have been some minor issues and things that could be done differently that could make the series even greater than it already is and these can be addressed in future Star Wars films and in other mediums as well. With all of this being said it is appropriate to look at some of these issues and see how they can be addressed in a manner that could give everyone what they will want.

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Grant Davis

Grant Davis

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

  • DefJ123 the Deplorable

    Will believe that when I see it. Force Awakens was a complete remake of ANH.

    • Brian Martin
      • DefJ123 the Deplorable

        While an incredibly old thread, this 15 min video on why it’s not the same as ANH does not change my opinion. It’s the same movie with different characters. It can’t be denied. This controversy wouldn’t exist if it was different……

        • Brian Martin

          It’s not the same movie. If it was, it would have been called Episode IV: A New Hope.

  • Daniel

    “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.”

    We keep saying it because it was unambiguously so.

    • Brian Martin

      Not exactly.

  • 39steps

    I have faith in Rian Johnson.

    I had zero faith in JJ Abrams. Which proved to be correct. Force Awakens is COMPLETELY a remake of Star Wars. He had no ideas of his own.

  • Darthmanwe

    will believe it when I see it. Until then, you gotta deal with J.J.’s mess, mr. johnson.