Last Jedi director Rian Johnson filmed 'one little thing' to set up Star Wars Episode IX

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Jun 20, 2017

The director of Star Wars Episode VIII apparently did a solid for the person directing the follow-up.

Speaking on the MTV podcast Happy Sad Confused, director Colin Trevorrow -- who is co-writing and directing Episode IX -- was asked if he had any requests for Rian Johnson while the latter was making Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, which comes out this December. Trevorrow responded:

"There was one little thing. It wasn’t an adjustment, it was just ‘Could you shoot this one extra thing while you’re in this place on this day?’ And he did, which was great."

Of course we don't know what that "one little thing" was or how important it is to the overall storyline, but Trevorrow added that the point was that all the filmmakers involved in the current Star Wars movies want to help each other make the best films they can:

"It’s part of the collaborative process that exists -- everyone is in communication. There’s such a genuine want to get this right from everybody, and I think that one of the misconceptions is that there’s some kind of great corporate overlord that is dictating this story to everybody, and that’s what it’s going to be because that’s going to sell the most toys."

In fact, what Johnson did was a little bit of paying it forward, since he asked the same favor of The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams -- requesting that it was R2-D2 and not BB-8, as originally intended, who accompanied Rey during the closing scene when she found Luke Skywalker. Abrams obliged.

Whether we'll even know what Trevorrow requested will remain a mystery until The Last Jedi arrives later this year. As for Trevorrow himself... will he be asked to shoot something by a yet-to-be-named director for a hypothetical Episode X?

(via The Playlist)