Rian Johnson On Rey & Kylo Ren’s Dynamic In ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson recently spoke about his movie, noting that the character dynamic between Rey and Kylo Ren established in The Force Awakens is a key part of the story for the next movie. Furthermore, the story of what happens between Rey and Luke serves as the heart of the movie’s narrative.

The New York Times recently scored an interview with Rian Johnson. Johnson noted that when watching The Force Awakens, he saw antagonist Kylo Ren as being every bit as important to the story is our heroine Rey:

“Rey and Kylo are almost two halves of our protagonist. It’s not like Kylo is our Vader. In the original trilogy, Vader is the father — he’s the one you’re afraid of and who you want the approval of. Whereas Kylo represents anger and rebellion, the sometimes healthy — and sometimes not — desire to disconnect from the parents. It’s my favorite kind of quote-unquote bad guy, because you can genuinely see what their weakness is.”

While this story thread will be followed up in The Last Jedi, the real core of the narrative has to do with Luke Skywalker and Rey’s relationship with him – along with Luke’s uncertainty of whether or not the Galaxy Far, Far Away is better with or without Jedi:

“It sounds pretty dire. That’s something that we’re definitely going to dig into. The heart of the movie is Luke and Rey. It follows all the other characters, but its real essence is the development of the two of them. And it’s absolutely tied up in that question of, What is Luke’s attitude toward the Jedi?”

On the subject of Luke, Johnson also mentioned that he had to take some time to figure out what the character’s first lines in over 30 years were going to be. But he also wanted to establish that the titular Last Jedi wasn’t hiding so much as he was in search of something:

“I grew up having a sense of what Luke Skywalker is. It guides you to a very specific path. I know he’s not hiding on that island. I know he’s not a coward. He must be there for a reason that he believes in. You’re finding a path forward, but there end up being fewer choices [for the story] than you think.”

As it stands, The Last Jedi has a lot of questions to answer and a number of questions to potentially raise. We’re only a hundred days out from the release of the movie, and the next trailer can’t come soon enough!

Star Wars: 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.

Source: The New York Times

8 ‘Star Wars’ Spin-Off Movies We Really Want To See

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Star Wars-SagaMay 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!

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Grant Davis

Grant Davis

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