In another universe, Lucasfilm's Star Wars sequel trilogy would have had a singular vision under Star Wars: The Force Awakens director, J.J. Abrams.
Sitting down to speak with Geek Le Mag (via IGN), Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley reveals that Abrams had actually written drafts for both Episode VIII and Episode IX before Lucasfilm brought in Rian Johnson and Colin Trevorrow for the two other chapters in its sequel trilogy.
"Here's what I think I know. JJ wrote Episode VII, as well as drafts for VIII & IX," Ridley told the publication. "Then Rian Johnson arrived and wrote The Last Jedi entirely. I believe there was some sort of general consensus on the main lines of the trilogy, but apart from that, every director writes and realizes his film in his own way."
Though Ridley also says that Johnson didn't keep anything from Abram's first draft of Episode VIII, the director did meet with Abrams to discuss the outline of the sequel trilogy and to collaborate with the director.
"Rian Johnson and JJ Abrams met to discuss all of this, although Episode VIII is still his very own work," Ridley explained. "I believe Rian didn't keep anything from the first draft of Episode VIII."
However, while fans would want to eagerly blame the contentious "Luke as a jaded hermit" plot point on Johnson the whole set up of a broken Luke Skywalker taking in a new Jedi was originally the basis for Star Wars: The Force Awakens until it was pushed back to a later film by original screenwriter Michael Arndt. George Lucas was also present during the early creative meetings of the sequel trilogy.
Guess fans who didn't really appreciate the risks The Last Jedi took can't really put all their anger on Johnson. The sequel trilogy seems to be a team effort after all.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi's digital release hits March 13 while its Blu-Ray and DVD release comes out on March 27.