Star Wars actor Adam Driver has compared the franchise’s latest instalment to The Empire Strikes Back.
Driver is reprising his role as Kylo Ren in Episode VIII, the follow-up to last year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which is due in December 2017, after this year’s spin-off film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
“It’s great,” Driver replied when asked by Collider about the new film’s script. “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.”
Praising the film’s writer-director Rian Johnson, Driver added: “He 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.”
Driver’s co-star John Boyega has previously hinted that Johnson will be taking the saga in a slightly different direction, saying in a recent interview: “Rian Johnson is great. It’s a different take, darker, bigger. Someone will say: ‘How do you get bigger than Force Awakens? But it’s crazy.”
Earlier this summer Johnson shared some behind-the-scenes pictures from the set of Star Wars: Episode VIII. Marking the halfway point in filming, the photos feature an X-Wing cockpit and a computer system. Writing on tumblr, Johnson said: “I can’t believe we’re halfway through the shoot. (We’re halfway through the shoot!)”.
Disney and Lucasfilm have set a release date of December 15, 2017.