Director Rian Johnson may have described The Last Jedi as one of the darker films in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, however the filmmaker promises fans that the upcoming sequel trilogy installment will also keep the lightheartedness of the franchise.
Though J.J. Abrams managed to reawaken the Star Wars franchise with The Force Awakens, many complained that the film turned out to be nothing more than a rehash of A New Hope, and since then fans have been worrying that Johnson's The Last Jedi would be the same, following the beat of Empire Strikes Back.
Speaking in an interview with Empire (via Screen Rant), Johnson tackles these fears, promising fans that The Last Jedi challenges its characters and yet at the same time, mixes in a "sense of fun and playfulness."
"This is the second movie in the trilogy, so it's easy to draw parallels to Empire in terms of a darker feel. And we do dig into the characters: we're going to challenge them and things are gonna get tough for everybody. But I didn't want this to go too dark. One of the things I drew from J.J.'s film was that sense of fun and playfulness – that as much Star Wars as ‘I am your father'"
It definitely seems like Johnson's found the right balance for the Star Wars saga, because Lucasfilm's been liking his work on the film so far, praising The Last Jedi for its ability to bring something new to the franchise while keeping to the tone of the Skywalker saga.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits cinemas December 15, 2017.