- Rian Johnson has been thinking about a particular shot since he started work on “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”
- He said it’s the rare time when an early idea makes it to the big screen.
Warning: Spoilers coming if you haven’t seen “The Last Jedi.”
Rian Johnson spent four years getting “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” onto the screen. And when he sees the final version, there’s one shot he says that makes him the happiest.
In the early days of writing the script, Johnson said he had a particular image in his head that shockingly brought the light and dark side of the force together for a fleeting moment. And that image survived years of moviemaking to make it into the final version of the movie.
“I really love that slow-motion shot of Kylo and Rey back-to-back with the guards from all the sides in Snoke’s chambers,” Johnson told Business Insider in a recent interview.
The shot is part of a plot twist that you would traditionally find in the third movie of a trilogy. The evil Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) brings Rey (Daisy Ridley) to Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis). Suddenly Ren turns on Snoke, and he and Rey then team up for an incredible lightsaber battle scene where the pair faces off against the guards closing in.
Audiences have been going nuts on social media reacting to the sight of Ren and Rey battling on the same side and what the connection they share means for the next movie.
Johnson doesn’t have to worry about that. He’s off to develop a whole new “Star Wars” trilogy for Disney. He’s just happy the shot made it in the movie.
“That was a moment that I had just always held dear to me, ” Johnson said. “It’s one of those very rare things where the realization of it on screen I just feel like, ‘Ah, we got it!'”
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is currently playing in theaters.