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Adam Driver opens up about plans for Star Wars: Episode 8, compares it to The Empire Strikes Back
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Adam Driver opens up about plans for Star Wars: Episode 8, compares it to The Empire Strikes Back

Adam Driver has opened about the plans for Star Wars: Episode VIII and has compared it to The Empire Strikes Back

Speaking to Collider, Driver, who played villain Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, said about the new movie's script: "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 continued: "He (Director 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."

Driver also spoke about working with Johnson, who took over from JJ Abrams as the franchise's director, he added: "Rian is coming into something that we kind of set up and he just took it to the next level in a really great way. He wrote it, too, and Rian’s writing is so clear. I learned a lot of things about my character through his writing. Some things we talked about before and some things we didn’t. He was working on [the script] while we were still working on the first one."

He added: "To understand what J.J. was doing and take ownership from there is kind of a remarkable thing. And he’s the most polite, unassuming guy and he was appropriately territorial about some things but would still be the first to admit when something’s not working. A lot of times you need to rise to understand what the script is, and perhaps I’m beginning to be unclear, but he’s a great person to work with."

Details of Star Wars: Episode VIII are still scarce, but it is expected that a first full preview of the movie will be released alongside spin-off Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which is in cinemas in December. 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is out now on DVD and Blu-Ray and the Blu-ray is accompanied by a string of bonus features. 

As well as the six deleted scenes it had previously been revealed would be arriving with the Blu-Ray, the package also includes a documentary on the making of the movie titled "Secrets Of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey" as well as a recording of the movie's table read.

It will also include a string of 'making of' features including a focus on the making of BB-8 and the movie's new creatures, a look at the recording of John Williams' score and a feature on the changes made to reboot the Star Wars franchise. 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens grossed over two billion dollars at the box office and is available to order on DVD and Blu-Ray on the right-hand side of the page. 

You can read our full review of the movie here. 

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