Production has already been completed for Star Wars: Episode VIII directed by Rian Johnson for quite some time, and even though the film probably won’t follow the same mystery box marketing method that we saw in The Force Awakens, it’s safe to say that Disney and Lucasfilm won’t reveal any plot details anytime soon. But we have learned that the film takes place just moments afterThe Force Awakens ended and that Lupita Nyong’o revealed that she hasn’t shot any of her scenes yet – despite Johnson sharing a photo of Maz Kanata during rehearsals.
Now we are learning a little bit more about the film’s tone from Adam Driver, who says the dark tone is different from the dark tone that we saw in The Empire Strikes Back and that the stakes are also higher for all the characters. Check out what he had to say below.
While promoting Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson, Driver spoke to Collider about the next installment of the Star Wars saga, where he praised Johnson for his ability to continue the story after J.J. Abrams was finished with The Force Awakens. Here’s what he had to say:
“Rian is coming into something that we kind of set up and he just took it to the next level in a really great way. He wrote it, too, and Rian’s writing is so clear. I learned a lot of things about my character through his writing. Some things we talked about before and some things we didn’t. He was working on [the script] while we were still working on the first one. To understand what J.J. was doing and take ownership from there is kind of a remarkable thing.”
Driver also praised Johnson’s collaborative spirit saying that he was a great person to work with. In terms of the script, the actor said the film does go in a dark direction, tonally, but not in the same way that The Empire Strike Back did:
“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.”
Driver is intentionally keeping things vague, and rightfully so as there is still way too early to know anything about the film itself. But one thing we can expect to see is a more fleshed out story where we see our new characters develop, and maybe even see if Luke Skywalker has gone through any changes as well. It should be interesting to see what kind of “different tone” this film will have since the second installment of a trilogy generally goes dark.
The untitled Star Wars: Episode VIII is scheduled to hit theaters on December 15th, 2017.