Adam Driver: ‘Star Wars Episode VIII’ Is ‘Remarkable’

Adam Driver

Adam Driver says Star Wars: Episode VIII will be “remarkable”.

The 33-year-old actor stars as villain Kylo Ren in the next instalment of the popular sci-fi franchise, and has taken the time to praise filmmaker Rian Johnson – who is both directing and writing the script for the feature – on his “brilliant” work in bringing together something that he believes will be “remarkable”.

He told The Daily Beast website: “[Rian is] a brilliant filmmaker. And he wrote the script also, and he understands the importance of ambiguity and nuance. He wrote something that I think is remarkable.”

Adam also admitted he finds it “surreal” to think he’s playing the villain in a series as famous as Star Wars is, but he tries not to “overthink” the importance of his role.

He said: “I’m not very good at analysing it, I guess, or even making time to attach meaning to it. So much of it is luck, and timing. I work hard but I can work hard in a vacuum. I’ve been lucky to get these opportunities. It’s very surreal to me. In working on the jobs–and actually doing the thing–I block that stuff from my mind as much as possible, because it’s not good to get nostalgic or overthink it. That might be a good strength of mine: not thinking a lot.”

The news comes after Adam recently revealed that the script for Star Wars: Episode VIII is going to similar to that for previous installment The Empire Strikes Back.

He said at the time: “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 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.”

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