'Star Wars' Buzz: John Boyega Says 'Episode 8' Will Be "Much Darker," Plus More on 'Episode 9'

'Star Wars' Buzz: John Boyega Says 'Episode 8' Will Be "Much Darker," Plus More on 'Episode 9'

Jan 12, 2016

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Filming on Star Wars: Episode VIII is set to begin this month, continuing the adventures of Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega) and all the rest. After the thrilling action of The Force Awakens, what can we expect from the next installment?

"It's great," Boyega told Vanity Fair UK about the script by Rian Johnson, who will also direct. "Much darker, but we're very excited." That brief description has already started speculation that the film will follow in the footsteps of Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, taking a more serious and sober approach than its predecessor, The Force Awakens.

That makes perfect sense from a story perspective, especially since it's long been known that the movie has been planned as part of a trilogy. Episode VIII has the luxury of not needing to introduce new characters such as Finn, Rey, Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), but it faces the challenge of moving the story forward while also developing the characters to a greater degree.

Anyone who might be concerned that the next installment will have less action than The Force Awakens should take heart from another tidbit of information dropped by Boyega: " My part in the next film will be much more physical so I might be in the gym a bit more." So while we don't know anything about the plot so far, at least we can anticipate seeing Finn getting more physical, perhaps having more lightsaber battles.

Colin Trevorrow

In addition to his writing and directing responsibilities for Episode VIII, Rian Johnson is also responsible for writing the treatment for Star Wars: Episode IX. A treatment is basically a detailed outline of story points, which is usually completed before a writer drafts the screenplay, which fleshes out and sometimes changes the treatment and includes all the dialogue. In the same manner that Johnson worked with J.J. Abrams, to the point that Abrams changed some things in The Force Awakens to tie together better with what Johnson had in mind, Johnson is working with Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World), who will direct Episode IX, scheduled for release in 2019.

“A story must evolve or perish," Trevorrow (above) told Entertainment Tonight. "Rian and I are working closely together to make sure our stories build off of each other and continue to evolve and take us to new places, and I think that’s what the fans expect and what they want.” Watch the complete interview below.


Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

Trevorrow was asked about a petition to bring George Lucas back to the franchise, and he replied in a graceful and respectful manner. Started by a fan in Brazil, that petition says in part; "We have no problem with Colin Trevorrow, but he's not the right guy to direct Star Wars: Episode IX. George Lucas as director of Episode IX would be the perfect way to end this new trilogy and make an epic farewell between the Father of Star Wars and the whole universe of the galaxy far, far away…" So far, the petition has been signed by more than 19,000 people.

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