Deadline dropped a bombshell on Star Wars fans yesterday, when they reported that Director Rian Johnson would be taking the reins from J.J. Abrams, for Star Wars Episodes VIII and IX. Johnson directed and wrote ‘Looper’, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis, and Breaking Bad fans may also remember his work on one of the show’s best episodes, ‘Ozymandias’.
Rian Johnson made his mark on the film industry in 2005, when wrote and directed the Indie hit ‘Brick’, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. In 2008, Johnson wrote and directed the quirky and off-beat ‘The Brothers Bloom’, starring Rachel Weisz, Adrien Brody, and Mark Ruffalo. And, In 2012, Johnson reunited with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, when he wrote and directed the Sci-fi thriller, ‘Looper’.
According to Deadline, Johnson will take over the next two Star Wars films, which means he will start writing the second film’s script, almost immediately. Joining Rian Johnson on the Star Wars movies, will be producer Ram Bergman, who produced both ‘Looper’ and ‘Brick’.
While Johnson’s resume in the science fiction department may seem lacking, a closer look at his obvious talents with Breaking Bad’s ‘Ozymandias’ and the movie ‘Looper’, reveal that he is more than qualified to take over an institution that is known for fans who will metaphorically crucify him, if he doesn’t get it right.
I am actually pleasantly surprised to see Rian Johnson being tapped to take the helm from Abrams. I really enjoyed ‘Looper’ and I don’t need to tell you how much I loved Breaking Bad. In finding out that he directed ‘Ozymandias’, I knew that Johnson would be the perfect fit. Maybe now we can get Bryan Cranston to be Darth Heisenberg? One can only hope.
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