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Rian Johnson had some real crazy ideas about who Rey's parents might be

J.J. Abrams left some big narrative holes for his predecessor, Rian Johnson, to fill when he shipped The Force Awakens off to theaters, questions like, “What’s up with Luke?” “Who is Snoke?” and “What’s the deal with Rey’s parents?” And while Johnson found satisfying answers for at least some of those queries—”Snoke…

Rian Johnson has a riposte for the nerds whinging about Skywalker's big finale move

Because no Star Wars film is as good as the one they’ve dreamt up in their head, nerds everywhere are finding every conceivable means of criticizing what is a perfectly enjoyable sci-fi action drama. The main points of contention, however, boil down to sexism and Luke Skywalker. Director Rian Johnson recently responded

The makers of The Last Jedi respond to its 46-minute chauvinist edit the only way possible

Let’s say you’ve spent three or so years toiling away at a movie—the eighth canonical installment in one of the most storied and beloved franchises in cinematic history. Let’s say that film does really, historically well, first with critics, who hail it as one of the series’ absolute high points and also a bracing…

Watch Mark Hamill reject and then accept The Last Jedi’s version of Luke Skywalker in 1 minute

One of the more frequently heard criticisms being hurled at The Last Jedi is that writer-director Rian Johnson got the character of Luke Skywalker all wrong. This, in addition to some other histrionic complaints, led a small group of “fans” to do ridiculous things like craft drug-induced petitions to have the film…

“Hell yes,” Rian Johnson wants to see more diversity among Star Wars directors

The Star Wars franchise is one of the biggest in film history, which means the opportunity to helm one of its installments is both quite a boon, and a significant show of confidence in the filmmaker’s ability. Unfortunately, those chances have, to date, been offered exclusively to white male directors. This, despite …

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Jimmy Kimmel hosts the Star Wars: The Last Jedi cast, gets Rian Johnson to give up one measly spoiler

In an entertaining spectacle of corporate synergy, Disney-ABC property Jimmy Kimmel Live! gave over its Friday show to director Rian Johnson and most of the cast of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Such Jack Donaghy-esque product integration aside, the hour at least gave host Kimmel a chance to pepper the cast and director…