Rian Johnson to Direct 'Star Wars Episode VIII'

June 21, 2014 6:16 PM

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Apparently he’s to get started immediately, and obviously this will take up his attention for almost the rest of this decade. That means he’ll have to put aside a couple projects I’d heard were percolating in him since his acclaimed Looper hit theaters two years back. The news also means he won’t be doing the Star Wars project I’d originally wished for him: the young Han Solo adventure that would star Johnson’s buddy and regular collaborator Joseph Gordon-Levitt (perfect casting). Maybe there’s still a role for the guy somewhere, or maybe there can be some time travel thrown at the Star Wars galaxy where Harrison Ford meets his younger self. Wait, no, that’s more an Abrams thing to do, isn’t it?

I also am excited for a very personal connection this makes for me. The first Star Wars was the first movie I was ever brought to see, at the drive in, at age 3 months, and Looper was the first movie my son was ever brought to see, at the drive in, at age 3 months. By the time Episode VIII arrives, ...

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