A 46-minute version of 'The Last Jedi', with all the female characters excluded or heavily edited, appeared earlier this month on a file-sharing site. It's not very good.
An angry fan of the franchise took the time to create a “men-only” version of The Last Jedi on file-sharing site Pirate Bay, reducing its running time to just 46 minutes, lopping out nearly two hours of material in response to what he (obviously a he) regarded as the over-population of the latest movie’s plot by female characters.
Laura Dern’s character of Admiral Holdo was cut out of the film entirely, with Daisy Ridley’s Rey and Kelly Marie Tran’s Rose Tico both having their roles drastically reduced. Even the late Carrie Fisher didn’t escape unscathed, edited down so that Princess Leia no longer “scolds, questions nor demotes” the rebel fighter pilot Poe Dameron.
The filmmaker will be expanding upon the 'Star Wars' galaxy.
Rian Johnson is enjoying some huge box office success with his latest big screen release, 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi', despite not all of the sci-fi franchise's fan base getting behind the huge plot decisions that have been woven throughout the movie.
Rian Johnson on the red carpet at the 'Last Jedi' premiere
Despite that, Johnson has clearly made a good impact with Disney and Lucasfilm bosses behind-the-scenes, as it's already been confirmed that the director has been given the opportunity to helm an all-new 'Star Wars' trilogy in the future, that will go to a new corner of the galaxy, introducing fresh characters and unique storylines.
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After the thunderous reception for J.J. Abrams' Episode VII: The Force Awakens two years ago, writer-director Rian Johnson had a lot to live up to with Episode VIII. And he delivers more than anyone expected: a lucid, entertaining film that operates on four distinct planes, deepens all of its characters, enriches the mythology and constantly surprises the audience with twists and turns. It's a little overwhelming, a nonstop two and a half hours of action and intensity without any time to catch your breath. But there's also a steady stream of sharp humour to help keep things in perspective.
The story picks up straight away, as the First Order led by Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) presses its advantage to wipe out the rebellion for good. Snoke is playing his apprentice Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) off against General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson) for maximum effect as they launch an attack. Rebel General Leia (Carrie Fisher) is trying to protect her scrappy army, with pilot Poe (Oscar Isaac) trying against the odds to find a way to get them to safety. He sends rebel hero Finn (John Boyega) and mechanic Rose (Kelly Marie Tran) on a mission to track down a hacker who can give them a chance against the First Order. Meanwhile, Rey (Daisy Ridley) has tracked down Leia's brother, jaded Jedi master Luke (Mark Hamill), who is trying to teach her hard truths about the Force.
Each of these characters finds a surprising connection to others, derailing plans and sending each person on an unexpected journey. The way Johnson orchestrates all of this is remarkable because it's both coherent and compelling. And the actors beautifully inhabit the characters, offering telling glimpses beneath the surface. Driver has the strongest role, grappling with three other main characters to understand his destiny. It's dark and complex, and unnervingly moving. Ridley and Hamill also have powerfully gripping moments, while Isaac gets to make good on his scallywag promise in the previous film. And in her final role, the late Fisher brings a wonderfully knowing, sassy edge to Leia.
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This 'Star Wars' fan wanted to take these heroes on an unexpected journey.
Getting to direct a 'Star Wars' movie would be the opportunity of a lifetime for any filmmaker out there, but for Rian Johnson - who was a die-hard fan of the franchise before he even got involved - this was more than just a major a career break.
Rian Johnson at the 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' premiere
The director came on to helm the 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' movie with the enthusiasm of any huge fan of the movie series. He did not expect to be picked for such a major deal, following in the footsteps of someone like J.J. Abrams, it was just a dream come true.
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Director Rian Johnson at the European premiere of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' held at the Royal Albert Hall. The film is the second installment of the new trilogy - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 12th December 2017
The franchise will be expanding once again with a trio of new releases.
A few weeks back, it was confirmed that 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' director Rian Johnson had been granted a trilogy of standalone 'Star Wars' movies to work on in the future, allowing his creative juices to continue flowing into the world of science fiction, and one of the biggest franchises on the planet. For fans it was exciting, but ever since the reveal, we've all been chomping at the bit for more details.
Rian Johnson has a big future in the 'Star Wars' franchise set out for him
No release dates have yet been confirmed for the trio of films, but many are assuming that they'll come after 2020, when the current episodic instalments have been completed and premiered, as well as the solo Han Solo flick that's set for release in 2018.
The company also announced a live-action TV series for its streaming service.
Disney would appear to be extremely confident about Rian Johnson’s handling of the upcoming Star Wars movie The Last Jedi, revealing that they have green-lit a further trilogy of movies, entirely under the director’s aegis.
The 43 year old director will be writing and directing the first instalment of the planned new trilogy of films, with Johnson’s long-time production partner Ram Bergman working with him.
Although the details are vague at this point, rather than continuing the classic Skywalker-based timeline of the nine existing films, this trilogy will focus on “new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored.”
Continue reading: Disney Announces New 'Star Wars' Trilogy With Rian Johnson
The Irish actor, who plays General Hux in the Star Wars saga, was dazzled by Rian Johnson's script.
After starring in the hugely successful The Force Awakens a couple of years ago, Star Wars actor Domhnall Gleeson has admitted that he only signed up to its sequel The Last Jedi after having been dazzled by the movie’s script.
The 34 year old Irish actor is set to reprise his role as the evil General Hux - the former head of the First Order's Starkiller Base – in the much-anticipated eighth Star Wars movie this December. However, he revealed that he was extremely surprised when he read the movie’s script, written by director Rian Johnson.
Speaking to Collider, Gleeson, explained: “When I read it I needed to talk to him, and I think that's always a good sign. I was like, 'Wow there's some stuff there which is kind of - not scary but different to what I expected,' and that's a really, really nice thing. I think that's a really positive thing, I think that's important for those films that we don't repeat ourselves.”
Rian Johnson says they didn't want to go "too dark", however.
'The Last Jedi' certainly sounds like one of the more ominous 'Star Wars' films in the episodic collection, and new comments from the movie's director Rian Johnson hint that the flick will certainly be headed in a darker direction than those that have come before it.
Oscar Isaac stars in upcoming 'Star Wars' flick 'The Last Jedi'
Speaking with Empire Magazine, the director teased: "This is the second movie in the trilogy, so it’s easy to draw parallels to 'Empire' in terms of a darker feel. And we do dig into the characters: we’re going to challenge them and things are gonna get tough for everybody. But I didn’t want this to go too dark. One of the things I drew from J.J.’s film was that sense of fun and playfulness – that as much Star Wars as ‘I am your father'."
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The title for Episode VIII was announced on Monday.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson has teased fans with a glimpse of the film’s opening crawl, days after the title was finally revealed. Johnson had been unable to complete work on the title sequence until the film’s name was officially announced to fans by Lucasfilm on Monday.
The Star Wars VIII poster has officially been released
On his personal Instagram account the director posted a photo of himself in the editing room (where it looked like he was getting some help from R2D2) and wrote: “Felt so good to drop this into the cut this morning.”
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Johnson tweeted a scene from the outer space classic The Right Stuff in which Scott Glenn, as astronaut Alan Shepard, says, "Dear Lord, please don't let me f*ck up."
We don’t get many leftfield directorial appointments in the world of movies, so Rian Johnson’s Star Wars nod really is something to savour. Johnson will direct Star Wars Episode VIII, and word on the street is that he’ll be working Episode IX, too.
Rian Johnson big pressure on his hands with two Star Wars movies to direct
The reaction to Disney and LucasFilm’s decision has been reasonably muted, which should be taken as a positive sign for Johnson. He has a short but impressive CV, including the highly celebrated Brick, his excellent work on the complex, intricate sci-fi thriller Looper and of course, three episodes of Breaking Bad – The Fly, Fifty-One and Ozymandias.
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