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Star Wars Episode VIII is unlike anything seen in Star Wars before…

April 21st, 2016 by Matt Gault Comments


From what we’ve heard already, Star Wars: Episode VIII will be an entirely different beast to The Force Awakens. Last year, legendary Star Wars screenwriter said that the sequel’s director/writer Rian Johnson was going to make ‘some weird thing,’ which certainly caused a bit of a stir among the fanbase.

“Rian Johnson is a friend of mine — he’s going to make some weird thing,” Kasdan said at the time. “If you’ve seen Rian’s work, you know it’s not going be like anything that’s ever been in ‘Star Wars.’”

One of the series’ returning cast members, Oscar Isaac – who plays X-Wing pilot Poe Dameron – has reinforced the idea that we’re in for something starkly contrasting to J.J. Abrams’ homage to A New Hope in saying that the movie will do things and go places never before seen in the Star Wars Universe.

“Rian is definitely going to places and investigating things that haven’t really been done in the Star Wars universe,” the actor said in an interview with the LA Times (via Squareeyed).

“For me, it’s so fun getting to explore different things that I wouldn’t have expected in this universe.”

He continued: “In some ways it feels like we’re making an independent film. Certain things we get to play with – this kind of intimacy that we get to find – it’s special.”

It was recently revealed that Isaac convinced Abrams to re-write The Force Awakens script so that Dameron wasn’t killed off early in the movie.

The as-of-yet untitled Episode VIII will be released December 2017, with the first of the anthology standalone films coming this year. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be released in December.

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Matt Gault is a sports writer and film fanatic. He is a fully-qualified journalist and has worked for BBCNI, Sunday Life and has been published on The Guardian's website. He interns at REDNI, sub-editing for the Belfast Telegraph. He studied at Queen's University pretending to like history and literature and then University of Ulster Coleraine, where he slacked off enormously for a year and somehow got away with it. He also enjoys Captain Morgans, The Sopranos, Led Zeppelin and Hunter S. Thompson which makes him a remarkably uninteresting person.