It’s that time of year again. The time in December that
everyone has been waiting for. And, no, I’m not talking about Christmas. I’m
talking about Star Wars! The Force Awakens not only became the
highest grossing film of all time domestically, it also returned the Star
Wars franchise to its former glory. Once more, it left audiences with a
laundry list of questions that still keep us up at night. Who are Rey’s
parents? Will there be any redemption for Kylo Ren? What exactly has Luke
Skywalker been up to these past several years? All we know for certain is that Star
Wars: The Last Jedi can’t come soon enough. Rian Johnson helms the second
installment in this sequel trilogy. The plot has been largely shrouded in
mystery. Although, the screenplay is apparently so strong that J.J. Abrams
wishes he were coming back to direct. That’s definitely a good sign. The
Force Awakens was the Star Wars sequel trilogy’s answer to A New
Hope in ways both obvious and subtle. And The Last Jedi seems to be
following the tradition of The Empire Strikes Back in that it might
outshine its predecessor in every conceivable way. In any case, director Rian
Johnson appears to have something truly special in store for us.

Just a little over a month before Star Wars: The Last
Jedi swept the movie world by storm, Lucasfilm announced that Rian Johnson
was about to get to work on a brand spanking new Star Wars trilogy.
According to StarWars.com, Johnson will create three all new stories, directing
and writing the first installment with long time collaborator Ram Bergman
producing. The trilogy will be completely separate from the Luke Skywalker
Saga that fans have come to know and love. Johnson will be creating new
characters from a part of the galaxy that the franchise has never touched upon
before. So Star Wars fans will be getting something completely unique
and fresh. In the press release, President of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy stated
that she has tremendous faith in Johnson, saying that, “Rian will do amazing
things with the blank canvas of this new trilogy.” Unfortunately, no release
dates or castings have been announced yet.

To get you up to speed on what to expect from these
upcoming Star Wars movies, let’s look back at director Rian Johnson’s
previous works. Johnson’s first directing credit was the 2005 independent film Brick.
The film starred Joseph Gordon-Levitt and was about a teenager that gets
involved in a high school crime ring to investigate the disappearance of his
ex-girlfriend. After that, Johnson directed another independent movie, the 2008
film, The Brothers Bloom starring Rachel Weisz, Adrien Brody, and Mark
Ruffalo. The movie told the story of The Brothers Bloom, two con men that get
involved with an heiress and go on a romantic adventure that takes them around
the world.

But Johnson’s big break into Hollywood was his work on the hit television
show Breaking Bad. He directed three episodes of the show: Fly, Fifty-One,
and Ozymandias. These episodes are widely regarded as some of the best
episodes from the show’s five season run. After that he directed his first big
budget Hollywood movie, the 2012 film Looper. The film stars Bruce
Willis. Johnson also reunited with Brick star Joseph Gordon-Levitt for
the film. The movie takes place in 2074 and tells the story of Loopers, hired assassins
whose targets are sent from the future. The film was praised for its
thought-provoking themes and original blend of futuristic sci-fi and
old-fashioned action.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is shocking in almost every single way. It takes bold
risks, makes crazy decisions, and just when you think things couldn’t get any
more epic, The Last Jedi will surprise you again. The movie picks up
where The Force Awakens left off. Poe, Finn, Leia, and new character
Rose continue to struggle with the First Order. Meanwhile, Rey is doing her
best to get Luke Skywalker to return to the fight as she figures out her own
connection with the force. Rian Johnson’s script is fantastic matched only by
his direction. His movie is unique and unpredictable. Any time you think you
know where the story is going, he flips it on us. He’s given the characters a
major upgrade by exploring parts of their stories in ways that were missing
from The Force Awakens, especially with Kylo Ren and Rey. However,
Leia’s role is also expanded and it ends up being a truly lovely tribute to the
late Carrie Fisher. Overall, The Last Jedi is a great movie. The moment
the credits start rolling, I immediately wanted to watch it again.

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