The Last Jedi: Video and Transcribed Highlights from Rian Johnson’s French Press Conference
Writer/director Rian Johnson and his producer Ram Bergman held a press conference for The Last Jedi in France today, and we have the full video and transcribed highlights from that here for you. There are no spoilers or anything so proceed without caution!
As we enter the home stretch, the press tour begins! Here is the full video of the press conference. Thanks to @NickSkywalk for sending this to us:
Johnson confirmed the running time of The Last Jedi with credits to be 150 minutes (2 hours, 30 minutes) officially making it the longest Star Wars film ever. This was a rumor we reported on back on September 29th, that we originally saw posted at Cineworld.
The best memory of Rian on the set of TLJ is when he attended the music recording by John Williams. “I had goosebumps!”
The two were asked about the wildest rumors they’ve heard:
Ram: I stopped reading them long ago
Rian: My favorite is still the theory that Snoke is a fruit
Johnson confirmed that the maker George Lucas, was not involved in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
The script for the film changed very little, with no changes made due to backlash or fear of fan reception or anything of that nature. It was pretty concrete from it’s inception.
Rian confirms that Gareth Edwards, Director of Rogue One, has a cameo in The Last Jedi, but does not confirm the cameo of Prince William or Harry.
A question Johnson appears to be asked a lot, he once again makes it clear and direct regarding his creative license in making the film:
“Disney gave us a real freedom in writing. It was something very organic. For me, it was like when I worked on my old movies.”
A final point, one we heard previously, but Johnson did confirm once more that he asked J. J. Abrams to slightly change the end of The Force Awakens… It was initially BB-8 who was to accompany Rey to Ahch-To, and not R2-D2. As we know Abrams gladly obliged and had R2-D2 join Rey on her trip to the island. Why the switch? We’ll find out in 27 days!
The press machine will be running rampant over the next three-plus weeks, we’ll keep you up to date as much as possible and as always, we’ll give you plenty of warning pertaining to any spoiler-related reveals.