Adam Driver on Star Wars Episode VIII script

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 14 September 2016
Adam Driver

Adam Driver

Adam Driver thinks 'Star Wars Episode VIII' is similar to 'The Empire Strikes Back' in the way it has a different "tone" to the film that came before it

Adam Driver thinks 'Star Wars Episode VIII' is similar to 'The Empire Strikes Back'.

The 32-year-old actor - who will reprise his role as Kylo Ren in the next installment of the franchise - thinks the upcoming movie has a very different "tone" to last year's 'Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens', in much the same was as the first sequel to the original 'Star Wars' was seen as "dark".

And Adam is pleased writer-and-director Rian Johnson isn't "dumbing down" the script for anyone.

Asked what the script is like, he told Collider: "It's great. It's similar to how 'The Empire Strikes Back' has a different tone.

"For that people always go, 'Oooh, it's dark' but I don't know that it necessarily is. It's just different in tone in a way that I think is great and necessary but also very clear.

"He trusts [that] his audience is ready for nuance and ambiguity.

"He's not dumbing anything down for someone and that's really fun to play."

Adam also praised the new helmsman for the ease in which he has taken over from J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan in writing for his character, who was introduced in 'The Force Awakens'.

He said: "Rian is coming into something that we kind of set up and he just took it to the next level in a really great way.

"He wrote it, too, and Rian's writing is so clear. I learned a lot of things about my character through his writing. ... To understand what J.J. was doing and take ownership from there is kind of a remarkable thing."

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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