One of the biggest problems fans had with The Last Jedi was that it seemed like it had no actual story or narrative story arc. Rian Johnson disregarded a lot of what Abrams did in The Force Awakens, with Snoke having no origin or Rey’s parents having unimportant parents to name a few.
Some interesting news came out this week and from Rey herself, Daisy Ridley. JJ Abrams had an actual plan for the entire new trilogy.
In a new French interview, Ridley revealed how much Johnson changed from the original vision laid out by The Force Awakens director Abrams. She said:
“Here’s what I think I know. J. J. wrote Episode VII, as well as drafts for VIII & IX. Then Rian Johnson arrived and wrote TLJ entirely. I believe there was some sort of general consensus on the main lines of the trilogy, but apart from that, every director writes and realizes his film in his own way. Rian Johnson and J. J. Abrams met to discuss all of this, although Episode VIII is still his very own work. I believe Rian didn’t keep anything from the first draft of Episode VIII.”
Damnit, Rian Johnson! You seemed like such a nice guy. Now, who knows if Abrams will go back and put in some of the things that Johnson basically threw out.
To finish the interview Ridley was asked if she liked where Johnson took Rey and if she preferred Abrams view of her instead.
Ridley added: “We sometimes hear that actors from a blockbuster do not have the opportunity to express their opinions, thankfully this never has been my case regarding Star Wars. Every time I wanted to share my point of view concerning a scene or an idea about the script, people took their time to listen to what I had to say and a real conversation started.
“That being said, I am aware that I’m not a screenwriter nor a director, and when I find myself in front of Rian who tells me that it would be better to proceed like this or like this, I am always the first to say “Of course, you are right! No wonder you were given the job !“