– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Lucasfilm is definitely going through a bit of a phase. After bringing back the Star Wars film franchise following a decade of being dormant, they really had to hit the ground running. They announced a whole slate of films, as well as some directors that would be attached down the line. Looking back on it, it makes a lot of sense.

As fans of Star Wars, we wanted to make sure our baby was being treated well, and by laying out a plan for all of us to see, it helped convince us that they were confident in the direction they were going. Unfortunately, it seems to have led to the hiring of directors before Lucasfilm even understood what direction they were headed in. As a result, virtually every film so far has faced real trouble.

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This is not the case with Star Wars: The Last Jedi. In fact, thanks to a new Instagram post from director Rian Johnson, we now know that the film is 100 percent done — and well in advance of its December 15 release, to boot!

And in case you thought that he may still have some sound mixing and other post-production stuff to do, he took to Twitter to clarify that yes, the film is done.

As stated above, it’s been a bumpy ride for Lucasfilm, but Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a film that has faced exactly zero negative press. There was no casting fiasco, no director replacement, no rumors of the film getting 50 percent of its scenes reshot, and no clashes between him and the execs.

When all said and done, it seems to have been a smooth shoot for both Johnson and Lucasfilm. All we can do is hope that the film ends up as good as the production went smoothly. As a second entry in a trilogy, there’s a lot of pressure for it to go darker and deeper — and for it to be the strongest Star Wars film yet.

No pressure or anything, right? Let’s hope Lucasfilm won’t have wished they utilized these next few months to polish the film.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15, 2017.

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SOURCE: Rian Johnson (via Instagram & Twitter)

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.