Even Fans Who Loved ‘The Last Jedi’ Doubt Rian Johnson’s Trilogy is Still Happening

There’s no doubt that Rian Johnson has a brilliant mind, and a knack for bringing intriguing stories to life on the big screen. He has some great films under his belt, and fans are eagerly awaiting a sequel to the murder mystery, Knives Out

The biggest buzz surrounding Johnson, however, is the possibility of a Star Wars trilogy. Rumors regarding these potential films have been swirling since The Last Jedi, but fans are beginning to doubt that it will ever happen.

Although The Last Jedi received some harsh criticism from the staunchest Star Wars supporters, some still believe Johnson could create an interesting story for the film series. 

The brilliant mind of Rian Johnson

Rian Johnson being interviewed
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Johnson continues to dazzle fans with thrilling, suspenseful films. The writer/director created his first film at just seven years old. Since then, he has perfected his creative skills, using them to write and direct blockbuster movies. 

The Academy-Award nominated filmmaker graduated from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts in 1996.  In 2005, he released his first feature film, Brick. The neo-noir crime drama received tons of praise at the Sundance Film Festival and put Johnson on the map. His next two films, The Brothers Bloom and Looper, further proved his ability to create masterpieces in any genre. 

Johnson’s 2019 whodunit, Knives Out, was revered by critics and fans alike. The mystery kept viewers on the edges of their seats, and received rave reviews across the board. 

Johnson’s track record in the film industry is pretty impressive, but there is one film that caused quite an uproar with fans. In 2014, Johnson began working on the opportunity of a lifetime–a Star Wars movie. Episode VIII, to be exact. Star Wars fans waited anxiously for the release of The Last Jedi, but when it finally came, not everyone was pleased.

‘The Last Jedi’: Did you love it or hate it? 

The Last Jedi was a blockbuster film that didn’t behave by typical blockbuster standards. It’s usually pretty simple–fans love the blockbusters and critics turn their noses up at them. The Last Jedi received exactly the opposite reaction.

According to Rotten Tomatoes, the critics rating is 90%, while the fan rating is a dismal 43%–the absolute lowest fan rating of any Star Wars film. That includes the prequels, and we all know how everyone felt about those..

Star Wars fans are probably one of the most die-hard fan bases out there. That galaxy far, far away is like a second home to them, and the characters in these films are like family. They eagerly anticipate the release of the next chapter in these stories the way a child awaits Christmas. Unfortunately, many fans left the theater feeling like they’d discovered a lump of coal in their stockings…

Fans had some serious complaints about The Last Jedi. The plot seemed sluggish and full of holes. Luke is a cranky old curmudgeon. Finn and Rose’s journey to the casino planet should be exciting, but it isn’t–we just don’t care. That’s basically the feeling of the entire film. It just doesn’t leave us all warm and fuzzy like a true Star Wars film does. Many fans can’t even pinpoint why they don’t like it–it just feels different. 

More ‘Star Wars’ from Johnson? 

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The latest rumor about Johnson’s Star Wars trilogy is that it will happen. Someday. Does anyone really believe that at this point? Even fans who loved The Last Jedi are a bit skeptical. 

It’s difficult to pinpoint what is really happening with these films, because of constantly conflicting reports. Sometimes it’s on, sometimes it’s in danger, then it’s back on again. Reddit users say they’re excited for the possible trilogy, but are confused because it’s “neither starting production nor being canceled.”

Inside the Magic reports possible plot leaks for the trilogy. These leaks suggest that the films will center around the broom boy from the end of The Last Jedi. They speculate that Rey may train this child (and a new slew of Jedi), and that her daughter will become a Sith master. 

There is no definite information about the Star Wars trilogy at this point. Hopefully if it does happen, fans will enjoy it more than The Last Jedi. In the meantime, we can look forward to Johnson working on Knives Out 2, which is trending on Twitter as fans’ most anticipated sequel.