‘Star Wars’: Domhnall Gleeson Says ‘The Last Jedi’ Wasn’t What He Expected

Domhnall Gleeson is the latest Star Wars actor to say that the storyline in The Last Jedi really surprised him.

In a new interview with Collider to promote American Made, Gleeson said that when he read the script for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, it was certainly not what he expected, and he had to have some conversations with director Rian Johnson about it.

“When I read it I needed to talk to him, and I think that’s always a good sign,” Gleeson said. “I was like, ‘Wow there’s some stuff there which is kind of— not scary but different to what I expected,’ and that’s a really, really nice thing. I think that’s a really positive thing, I think that’s important for those films that we don’t repeat ourselves.”

General Hux in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

General Hux in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. | Lucasfilm

Gleeson went on to say that when he talked to Rian Johnson about the script, Johnson was so “clear” and “confident” in his vision, something that he says he was impressed by.

We’ve been hearing for months now that Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a lot different from the previous films, and it may even be a bit shocking to some fans. Most notably, Mark Hamill has said that when he first read the script for The Last Jedi, his gut reaction was that he completely disagreed with what Rian Johnson did to Luke Skywalker.

“I at one point had to say to Rian, ‘I pretty much fundamentally disagree with every choice you’ve made for this character,’” Hamill told Vanity Fair.

Hamill later said that he has since come around and realized he was wrong in his initial aversion to Johnson’s vision. It seems that Hamill was shocked by the fact that Luke Skywalker is in a dark place at the start of the movie and thinks that the Jedi order should come to an end, something that has been revealed in the film’s teaser trailer.

The other actors in the movie have expressed similar surprise. In a The Last Jedi behind-the-scenes video released in July, Daisy Ridley said, “Rian has written a story that’s unexpected but right. Some of the stuff that happens, people are going to be like, ‘Oh my god.’” John Boyega agreed, saying, “Everything is being shifted in the opposite way to what the audience expected after VII. Rian’s made Star Wars fresh and new.” And Rian Johnson himself said, “I’m hoping it’ll be a little shocking, but I’m hoping it’ll feel real and honest.”

Star Wars: The Last Jedi title card

Star Wars: The Last Jedi | Lucasfilm

In addition, Slashfilm’s Peter Sciretta reported earlier this month that he’s heard from some people who have seen the movie that it’s going to be a bit controversial.

“Almost everybody I’ve talked to has really enjoyed it,” Sciretta said of The Last Jedi. “Lucasfilm is supposedly over the moon with it. Almost the singular thing that I hear from everybody is that it’s different, and it’s going to probably not sit well with some Star Wars fans. It’s going to be divisive.”

This came up during a conversation about J.J. Abrams replacing Colin Trevorrow as director on Star Wars: Episode IX, and Sciretta noted that he spoke to at least one person who said they were excited about Abrams coming back since they didn’t like The Last Jedi.

“One person I know that has seen the movie messaged me after this news came up saying he’s happy that J.J. Abrams is coming on because he didn’t like some of the choices that Rian Johnson went with,” Sciretta said. “So take that for what it’s worth.”

Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens on Dec. 15.