Having now revived the fortunes of and goodwill towards the “Star Wars” cinematic universe with ‘The Force Awakens,’ filmmaker J.J. Abrams will hand over the director’s chair for the sequel “Star Wars: Episode VIII” to “Looper” helmer Rian Johnson.
Johnson has already been working for sometime on the project and this week actor Greg Grunberg, a good luck charm of sorts for Abrams and whom appeared in a small role in ‘Force Awakens,’ spoke with The Washington Post and revealed that his friend may now be regretting not staying on after ‘Force Awakens’:
“He read it [the Episode VIII script] and said something he never, ever says. He said: ‘It’s so good, I wish I were making it.’ He may have said something one time on Lost, with Damon [Lindelof, the co-creator], but I never hear him express regret like that.”
“STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS” SPOILERS AHEAD
Speaking of ‘Episode VIII,’ actress Gwendoline Christie has confirmed that her chrome-plated Stormtrooper character of Captain Phasma will return for the film and should have a much bigger part next time out.
Indeed, one common complaint about ‘Force Awakens’ is that her character amounted to essentially nothing – scoring only 3-4 lines and not having much involvement in the story. Speaking with The L.A. Times, Christie says that in the next film:
“She makes a lot of impact but she’s not at the forefront of the action all the time. She’s an important character, a baddie in the best sense of the word.”
“Star Wars: Episode VIII” is currently targeting a May 2017 release.