Girls Adam Driver Talks Star Wars Episode VIII, Compares Rian Johnson To J.J. Abrams

By Nobelle Borines | Mar 31, 2016 07:50 PM EDT
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The sequel to the mind-blowingly successful Star Wars: The Force Awakens has officially started principal photography, and there is already a hint that Star Wars Episode VIII will be a completely different film. Daisy Ridley has previously declared that director Rian Johnson has a "cheekier" approach to the movie, and now Adam Driver has stated that the Looper helmer's "temperament" is unlike that of J.J. Abrams!

Driver, who played the moody villain Kylo Ren in The Force Awakens, spoke to Entertainment Weekly to compare Johnson to Abrams.

"Their temperaments are different," Driver said of the two directors before explaining why working with Johnson will be a huge departure from working with Abrams.

"I feel like there was so many moving pieces in the first one - just trying to solve it and set the vocabulary for what it was," he mused, adding that things are expected to go much smoothly in the sequel.

"There's a lot of that anxiety is gone, because people have developed a language," Driver revealed.

It certainly sounds like Episode VIII is more relaxed now that all the big secrets are out (Kylo is Ben Solo, Kylo kills his own father Han, we finally know where Luke Skywalker is, but he hasn't shaved for a while, etc.). In any case, Driver muses that the film's secret is that Johnson will be taking full control of the Star Wars film.

"I think it's more of a testament to Rian coming into something very established and making it [his own]," he said, adding that he is looking forward to working on Episode VIII.

"I can't wait to get on set, just because he's so unassuming and intelligent and approachable," Driver confirmed, adding that he is excited after reading the script.

"The script they've come up with is really great," he said.

But what's in store for Kylo in Episode VIII? Hopefully he will get another lightsaber showdown with Ridley's Rey, who will possibly be honing her swordfighting skills with the help of Luke.

Star Wars Episode VIII is scheduled for release on December 16, 2017.

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