Kylo Ren actor Adam Driver has been praising the writing and directing talent of the man behind Star Wars: Episode VIII, Rian Johnson.
Doing the press rounds for his latest film, Paterson, Driver said Johnson was a “great person to work with” as they try to build on the success of JJ Abrams’ opening sequel film.
“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 said. “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. And he’s the most polite, unassuming guy and he was appropriately territorial about some things but would still be the first to admit when something’s not working. A lot of times you need to rise to understand what the script is, and perhaps I’m beginning to be unclear, but he’s a great person to work with.”
As for the script, Driver said it was similar to The Empire Strikes Back in that it has a slightly different tone to the opening film in the three movie act.
“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,” he added.