Star Wars 8: Adam Driver clarifies comments about ‘The Empire Strikes Back’

"When I read the script, it was not what I expected," Driver said

Star Wars: Episode 8 star Adam Driver has clarifies the comments he made about the forthcoming sequel, which fans thought compared it to The Empire Strikes Back.

Driver, who plays Kylo Ren, previously spoke of the Star Wars 8 screenplay, stating that it had a different tone, “similar to The Empire Strikes Back”.

Speaking to Vanity Fair in September, he said: “It’s great. It’s similar to how The Empire Strikes Back has a different tone. For that people always go “oooh, it’s dark” but I don’t know that it necessarily is. It’s just different in tone in a way that I think is great and necessary but also very clear. He (Rian Johnson) trusts [that] his audience is ready for nuance and ambiguity. He’s not dumbing anything down for someone and that’s really fun to play.”


Whilst this comments didn’t directly state that Star Wars: Episode 8 would mirror the tone of The Empire Strikes Back, some fans took it that way.

Now, speaking to Vanity Fair, he clarified the comments, stating: “What I said was the tone of it was different, I didn’t say that it was gonna be in the vein of [it]—I was using it as an example, so poor example.”

He continued, “Next time I should say—I’m trying to think of another sequel to a movie that’s good. When I read the script, it was not what I expected, in the best of ways.”

Meanwhile, Warwick Davis has joined the cast of Star Wars: Episode 8. The film will be the second in the sequel trilogy, following last year’s The Force Awakens, and is set to be released on December 15, 2017. It has yet to receive an official title.