As we’ve got Rogue One to go first, details on Stars Wars: Episode VIII are currently very sparse. Thanks to Kylo Ren himself Adam Driver, though, we’ve now got some juicy hints about the tone and approach of the saga’s next installment.
In an interview with Collider on the subject of his new movie – Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson – naturally the topic of Star Wars came up. Specifically, Driver talked about what in-coming director Rian Johnson is bringing to the franchise and what he thinks of Johnson’s script for Episode VIII. Here’s what he had to say:
“It’s great. It’s similar to how The Empire Strikes Back has a different tone. For that people always go ‘oooh, it’s dark’ but I don’t know that it necessarily is. It’s just different in tone in a way that I think is great and necessary but also very clear. He trusts [that] his audience is ready for nuance and ambiguity. He’s not dumbing anything down for someone and that’s really fun to play.”
So what can we glean from this? Well, first of all, the fact that it recalls The Empire Strikes Back won’t come as a surprise to anyone who saw The Force Awakens, which likewise was very similar to A New Hope. What is fresh information is that the film is not “dumbing anything down” and will deliver “nuance and ambiguity.” Nothing against all the previous Star Wars movies, of course, but it is not a series known for having lots of subtlety. Driver’s words will surely please fans who felt Force Awakens was too nostalgic and want the next film to offer something fresh.
The so-far untitled Star Wars: Episode VIII will also feature Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Benicio del Toro and many others. It is directed and written by Looper’s Rian Johnson. It will arrive in cinemas 15th December 2017.
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