The main complaint about this new run of Star Wars films has been a simple one- it's too much of the same. While The Force Awakens was acclaimed for breathing new life into the franchise, it was also lambasted for having the exact same plot as the original film. And despite receiving praise for its grittier, darker direction, Rogue One still relied heavily on nostalgia and previously used elements. I say all this because it appears that The Last Jedi is going to break this trend. Rian Johnson is a very solid director who has taken an imaginative approach to genres like noir and sci-fi in the past, so the idea of him doing a Star Wars movie is tantalizing. And judging by this behind-the-scenes featurette, it looks like he has pulled off something that is visually distinct and fresh, something that won't merely be a copy of The Empire Strikes Back. J.J. Abrams laid the groundwork two years ago, and now it's time for Johnson to take these characters in a new direction. With Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy being so set on her vision for the Star Wars franchise, I've grown worried that we're just gonna get more of the same. But The Last Jedi looks narratively and visually unique and thrilling, and I can't say enough about how much this clip impressed me. Consider me excited.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15.
Poster: Bleeding Cool