Adam Driver praises new Star Wars director Rian Johnson

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 30 March 2016
Adam Driver

Adam Driver

Adam Driver has been enjoying every minute of working with new director Rian Johnson on 'Star Wars: Episode VIII' because he is so "unassuming" and "intelligent"

Adam Driver can't wait to get to the set of 'Star Wars: Episode VIII' every day and work with director Rian Johnson.

The 32-year-old actor is reprising his role as lightsaber-wielding villain Kylo Ren in the sci-fi sequel and he has been enjoying working with new filmmaker Johnson - who has taken over the franchise from 'The Force Awakens' helmer J.J. Abrams - because he is so "unassuming" and "intelligent".

Comparing Abrams' approach to the space opera to Johnson's, Driver said: "Their temperaments are different. I feel like there was so many moving pieces in the first one - just trying to solve it and set the vocabulary for what it was. There's a lot of that anxiety is gone, because people have developed a language. I think it's more of a testament to Rian coming into something very established and making it (his own). I can't wait to get on set, just because he's so unassuming and intelligent and approachable."

Driver also teased there will be a lot of battles between the First Order - led by Ren and his master Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) - and The Resistance and insists the script for the film is "great".

He told Entertainment Weekly magazine: "The script they've come up with is really great. They're still at war. It's still 'Star Wars'. They're not at peace."

'Star Wars: Episode VIII' sees John Boyega back playing rebel Stormtrooper Finn, Oscar Isaac as X-wing fighter pilot Poe Dameron, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, Daisy Ridley reprising her role as Rey and Mark Hamill being integral to the plot as Jedi Master Luke Skywalker.

The blockbuster sequel is scheduled for release on December 15, 2017.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

  • 4 stars
  • 2017
  • US
  • 2h 32min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Rian Johnson
  • Cast: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis, Benicio del Toro, Laura Dern, Kelly Marie Tran
  • UK release: 14 December 2017

Rey (Ridley) meets Luke (Hamill) to learn all about the Force. Johnson expands on the casualties-of-war theme, making magnificent, roaring action sequences and leading the viewer through a blood-stained moral labyrinth. Driver returns with a vengeance, Dern is terrific and it hits the sweet spot between nostalgia and…

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