Daisy Ridley: Star Wars: Episode VIII Will be Less Secretive than The Force Awakens

Monday, 07 March 2016 - 11:35AM
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Monday, 07 March 2016 - 11:35AM
Daisy Ridley: Star Wars: Episode VIII Will be Less Secretive than The Force Awakens
For much of 2014 and 2015 it felt as though the only thing we movie fans really cared about was getting to know more about what JJ Abrams and Disney had in store for us with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. If we hadn't been so desperate to learn more about the movie, we would have probably taken more time to appreciate how impressive a feat it was for Disney to keep the major plot points of the movie a secret right up to the end. As with most movies, not knowing the details of all of The Force Awaken's many twists and turns ultimately made watching it a far more enjoyable experience.

So, can we expect the same level of mind-boggling secrecy with Rian Johnson's Star Wars: Episode VIII? In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Daisy Ridley seemed to suggest that Abrams' successor will be allowed more freedom to provide teasers to the fans.

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It's still very lovely and warm and friendly, just like seven was. I think Rian actually wants to be a bit cheekier with the little tidbits of information that come out...You can see, even with the way Mark and Carrie posted pictures with their chairs, it's a little bit freer.
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I have mixed feelings about this. While I'm not expecting Rian Johnson and Disney to pull a 'Terminator: Genisys'  and spoil the movie's plot in a trailer, I actually loved all of the discussion and theory the secrecy around The Force Awakens generated. It's rare these days to go into a movie knowing so little about what is set to unfold. If JJ had turned around and said that Rian Johnson and his crew were going to be just as secretive as his team were, I certainly wouldn't have complained.

You can, of course, make the argument that The Force Awakens was introducing a whole new cast of characters within a universe we were all familiar with, and therefore, to some extent the secrecy was more necessary then than it is with Episode VIII. After all, we can all surmise roughly what the state of the Star Wars galaxy is going to be when the title starts scrolling, so you don't need to worry about keeping every single element a closely guarded secret. But that familiarity also makes it easier for us to fathom out various plot points, which in turn means more care must be taken with what is revealed from the set.

As painful as it might have been with The Force Awakens, I'm quite looking forward to two more years of CIA-level secrecy with Star Wars: Episode VIII.

 
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