With less than three months to go before the film debuts in movie theaters across the world, production has finally wrapped on Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Rian Johnson celebrated the completion of his latest film with a photograph shared on social media, featuring the director and the post-production crew he’s been working with since filming finished.
Check out the photo below:
Work on Star Wars: The Last Jedi began when Johnson was hired to direct the film in August 2014, well before the first film after Disney’s purchase of Lucsfilm released in theaters. The movie began filming two months after Star Wars: The Force Awakens finally hit theaters.
The movie will pick up right where the seventh film left off, making it the first Star Wars movie not to have a time jump between installments. Many fans are curious about what the infamous opening text crawl will say.
Many Star Wars movies have had various production issues since the Disney purchase; The Force Awakens required extensive reshoots, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story brought on Tony Gilroy to significantly alter the movie’s ending, the Han Solo spinoff replaced their directors with Ron Howard at the end of filming, and Colin Trevorrow was fired before production could begin on Episode IX.
Johnson’s movie suffered no such issue, and the writer/director of the eighth film in the Star Wars saga frequently referred to the time positively.
Some fans thought he would return to write and direct Star Wars: Episode IX before JJ Abrams signed on, but he put those rumors to bed when he said he looked forward to watching the movies as a fan again.
With over three years of his life dedicated to making this movie, it's hard to blame him for turning down the gig.
We’ll see the fruits of his labors when Star Wars: The Last Jedi premieres in theaters on December 15.
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