They aren’t much, these details, I’ll warn you right now. But Star Wars fans the world over have been mourning the death of Carrie Fisher, so anything a bit more positive must be welcome! In an interview with USA Today, conducted prior to Fisher’s death but only just released, Star Wars: Episode VIII director Rian Johnson divulged some of the first details about the next installment in the new trilogy.
“I want it to be a blast and to be funny and to be a ride the way The Force Awakens and the original Star Wars movies were. I wanted to know more about the hero trio Rey, Finn, and Poe and that doesn’t just mean information or backstory. Figure out what’s the most difficult thing each of them could be challenged with now — let’s throw that at them and dig into what really makes them tick by seeing how they handle that.”
Luke Skywalker will apparently appear from the get-go and be very prominent, while Rey’s relationship with Luke:
“Very much feels like what we all go through in adolescence, the dawning of this new chapter of our lives”.
The idea of family will continue to be a prominent one, especially for Rey, whose parental origin is currently unknown. This theme has been:
“A really powerful part of her setup and something I really wanted to dig into with this”.
Teasingly, Johnson said that he’s had the title for some time but will reveal it “in good time”.
Truth be told, it’s not really much to go on, but more will no doubt be gradually revealed in due course.