Johnson Talks “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” Influences

Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is in the midst of post-production with the visual effects departments working away on the various shots. Others, like composer John Williams, have already recorded the score.

Sitting down with Empire this week, Johnson took a brief break from working on the film to discuss cinematic influences on the film and which classic movies he watched or rewatched to prepare:

“‘Twelve O’Clock High’ was a big touchstone, for the feel and look of the aerial combat as well as the dynamic between the pilots. ‘Three Outlaw Samurai’ for the feel of the sword-fighting, and the general sense of pulpy fun. And ‘To Catch A Thief was a great film to rewatch, for the romantic scale and grandeur.”

Johnson also talked about the actual shoot and how shooting such a big epic is not as different as he expected:

“I guess the biggest surprise was the intimacy of the process. It’s huge, sure, and it’s filled with pressures great and small. But at the end of the day, it boils down to the same things as the smaller films we’ve made: telling a story we care about with a camera and some actors. And a Wookiee.”

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” continues the storylines introduced in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and stars Mark Hamill, the late Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Benicio Del Toro, Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Laura Dern, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran and Andy Serkis. It opens in cinemas on December 15th.