Rian Johnson is keen on returning to the Star Wars universe, according to new comments shared by the director responsible for 2017’s Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi. Speaking to a Variety correspondent as part of the promotions for his new Knives Out sequel starring Daniel Craig, Glass Onion, Johnson stated that making Star Wars was “the high point” of his life and that he is praying to God for the chance at making another film set in the fantasy world introduced by George Lucas, who directed 1977’s A New Hope and the prequel trilogy but ended up selling Lucasfilm to Disney in October 2012. Critically divisive, The Last Jedi is currently listed with a 91% Tomatometer score and 42% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.
The Atlantic suggested that The Last Jedi might be the best Star Wars film since A New Hope in its review of the film from December 2017:
The Last Jedi probably does the best job of any Star Wars film of capturing the allure of the Dark Side and the spiritual turmoil that would lead to—and also result from—its embrace. This was, of course, the central goal of George Lucas’s prequel trilogy, at which it failed utterly, in part because Hayden Christensen, who played Anakin Skywalker (soon-to-become Vader), was a terrible actor.
The same is not remotely true of Driver or Ridley, who share many of the strongest scenes in the film, even if they are frequently communicating with one another psychically from across the galaxy. The dramatic centerpiece of the film, however, finds them together with the First Order’s Supreme Leader Snoke (played in yet another motion-capture performance by the maestro of the medium, Andy Serkis).