Rian Johnson Says WWII and Samurai Films Influenced 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'

Friday, 27 January 2017 - 1:17PM
Star Wars
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Friday, 27 January 2017 - 1:17PM
Rian Johnson Says WWII and Samurai Films Influenced 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'
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With Rogue One successfully crossing the billion-dollar box office threshold, Star Wars fans are beginning to set their sights on December 15th, 2017—the day The Last Jedi is set to bring us back to that galaxy far, far away (and hopefully tell us who in that galaxy are Rey's parents). As information begins to trickle out, director Rian Johnson recently gave an interview to Empire revealing some of the influences and challenges that went into making the movie.

Johnson cited three very different movies as having influenced the look and tone of The Last Jedi (aside from the other Star Wars movies, of course): he mentions Twelve O'Clock High, a WWII movie that features a great deal of aerial dog fights and also a bit of a meditation on leadership, camaraderie and the cost of war. This will no doubt excite Oscar Isaac fans who will be hoping to see more of his X-Wing pilot Poe Dameron. Rian also mentions Three Outlaw Samurai, a film that involves a good amount of swordplay and hinges partially on a mysterious family relic—a likely allusion to Luke's lightsaber. Finally, he brings in a more unexpected film: Hitchcock's To Catch A Thief, which he notes has a great central romance and a story that scales all sorts of locations and has a lot of fun doing it.

Johnson's taste in movies and track record give cinema fans a lot of hope that he can bring something new and wonderful to the Star Wars universe, especially after Rogue One's foray into making a serious, gritty war film. We'll be keeping an eye out for more new developments, so stay tuned!
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