– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Director J.J. Abrams had a difficult task before him when he signed on to helm Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In taking the lead for the first entry in the revived franchise, he had to set the tone for things moving forward, all while pleasing hardcore fans who have waited decades for a proper follow-up to the original trilogy.

What we ended up with was a solid film that was a loving retread of the original film. Some fans think The Force Awakens was TOO MUCH of a retread, and were hungry for something a bit new, but on the whole, I personally think it was the smartest way to reintroduce fans to a galaxy far, far away. With the next entry in the saga, Star Wars: The Last Jedi , many are hoping that they’ll be open to taking more risks, and from everything we’ve heard, they seem to be doing just that.

Speaking with the Huffington Post, actor Adam Driver, who plays Kylo Ren, discussed the screenplay writer-director Rian Johnson did for the film.

“He created new rules for the Star Wars universe and balanced the familiar and unfamiliar very adeptly while respecting that his audience can handle ambiguity. Which you can see in his previous films. Characters and story are his priority.”

Going into the film, there was a lot of pressure on Johnson to elevate the material. In the past, fans were spoiled by the beloved Empire Strikes Back, the second entry in the original trilogy, which brought darkness and real stakes to the franchise. With the second act of a film usually being the one where things go bad before getting wrapped up in the end, there is an assumption here that the next film will bring a similar feeling to fans, and Driver’s comments seem to solidify that expectation.

As for what kind of “rules” Johnson could be making…who knows? For the longest time, we’ve seen a lot of Light vs. Dark, and maybe with this film, we’ll get to see a grayer side of the Force that was largely avoided by previous entries in the series. That would be a welcome addition to the current canon mythology that has largely survived on a very black-and-white moral system.

What do you think Johnson will do to create new rules for the franchise? Let us know in the comments down below!

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SOURCE: Huffington Post

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.