Rian johnson interview

On Tuesday night, Rian Johnson sat down with the hosts of /Filmcast for an in-depth interview about his polarizing, powerful film Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Johnson dished on everything from how he originally pitched The Last Jedi to Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, to the furious backlash the movie received from fans on opening night, and that one striking scene that had theaters scrambling to put up warning signs assuring audiences that they were seeing what they were supposed to be seeing. And, because we’re still all arguing about it, Johnson went into detail about Rey’s origins.

Below are some of the best tidbits and trivia we learned from the interview with the director.

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Rian Johnson pitch

This week, David, Devindra, and Jeff are joined by director Rian Johnson to discuss making Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Rian describes his initial pitch for the film, getting the offer to direct, the backlash to the film, and conceiving and executing the Holdo maneuver.

Be sure to subscribe to the /Filmcast for more discussion about The Last Jedi, including our initial review and post-mortem.
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The Last Jedi deleted scenes

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is now playing in theaters everywhere, and if you’ve already seen it multiple times and studied every single frame, here’s some good news: you can now get a brief look at some previously-unseen deleted scenes. A preview of Last Jedi deleted scenes is available to watch below.

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rian johnson star wars the last jedi

Back in 2014, before the title had even been revealed for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Looper and Brick director Rian Johnson got a call from Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy asking if he was interested in making that film’s sequel. So what did Johnson say that convinced her to hand him the keys to one of the world’s largest movie franchises? In a new interview, Johnson explains his initial pitch and talks about putting aside years’ worth of childhood fantasies in order to come up with a coherent and compelling idea for where to take the characters in a galaxy far, far away.
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The Last Jedi Backlash

You may be shocked to learn this, but some people on the internet were not very happy with Star Wars: The Last Jedi. While early reviews for the film were overwhelmingly positive, some fans felt that director Rian Johnson had strayed too far from the established tone of the franchise. In an in-depth interview with The /Filmcast, Johnson shared his thoughts on the initial Last Jedi backlash from fans.

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Rey Origins

It was one of the biggest mystery box questions that J.J. Abrams left hanging at the end of The Force Awakens: Who are Rey’s parents?

The question caught fire on the Reddit threads and internet forums in the two years between Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, with fans speculating that Rey was related to everyone from Luke Skywalker, to Han and Leia, and even to Snoke. While writing the script for Last JediRian Johnson wrestled with Rey’s origins just as much as fans did. Maybe even more so, the The Last Jedi director said in an upcoming interview with The /Filmcast. In the process, he explored every option that the internet suggested, and then some. And some of them are pretty ridiculous.

Spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi follow.

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The Holdo Maneuver

There were a handful of moments that left me speechless in last year’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but “The Holdo Maneuver” may be the most beautifully executed in the entire movie. You know the scene. Spoilers ahead!

Left with no other choice, Vice Admiral Holdo (Laura Dern) stays behind on a Resistance ship while allowing her fellow Resistance members to escape to Crait. In order to make sure they arrive safely, she turns her ship around to face down The First Order and makes the jump to lightspeed, sacrificing herself as her spacecraft rips through the enemy ship and causes untold amounts of damage.

An upcoming episode of The /Filmcast features writer/director Rian Johnson as a guest, and during their conversation, Johnson explained how that maneuver fits into larger Star Wars canon, the challenge of communicating the immensity of that act, and the moment it finally clicked into place in post-production.
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Star Wars The Last Jedi 4DX

Rian Johnson‘s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the highest-grossing movie of 2017 in the United States, was recently pulled from Chinese theaters due to its catastrophic second-weekend drop of 92% at box office. But even without much help from the ever-important Chinese market, the film is still performing very well internationally, grossing about $80 million more overseas than it has stateside.

Japanese audiences are being treated to an especially interesting option for viewing Lucasfilm’s latest adventure: 4DX. But this ain’t your daddy’s 4DX, with just shaking seats and bursts of air and other “immersive” reactions. Nope – this has all that, plus the ability to see a “light side” or “dark side” version of the film with all sorts of customization specifically assigned to each version. Read about the Star Wars The Last Jedi 4DX experience below.
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Knights of Ren in The last Jedi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a very expansive movie, full of multiple characters stretched across multiple storylines. But one set of characters who didn’t make an appearance were the Knights of Ren. These characters, teased in The Force Awakens, had been expected to appear in the highly anticipated sequel, but they were a no-show. Now, director Rian Johnson explains his reasoning for not using The Knights of Ren in The Last Jedi.

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Munich - The Morning Watch

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, a video essay illustrates how Steven Spielberg expertly uses sound design to immerse you in the world of his movies. Plus, find out how Gremlins changed the world in more ways than one, and watch a trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi edited in the style of the Avengers: Infinity War trailer. Read More »