Adam Driver Compares Upcoming ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ To ‘Empire Strikes Back’


We are still a year and a third away until Star Wars: Episode VIII premieres in theaters, but it’s never too early to get amped up about the possibilities. Adam Driver, who was the weird dude from Girls (Wish I didn’t know that) and more recently transformed into the emo apprentice of Supreme Leader Snoke of the First Order. Driver starred in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which garnered comparisons to Star Wars: A New Hope. Now there are many who are expecting that Star Wars: Episode VIII to follow in the footsteps of The Empire Strikes Back.

Driver gave an interview to Collider where he confirmed that the upcoming chapter of Star Wars will be much like Empire Strikes Back, agreed by most to be the greatest installment of Star Wars.

“It’s great. It’s similar to how The Empire Strikes Back has a different tone. For that people always go “oooh, it’s dark” but I don’t know that it necessarily is. It’s just different in tone in a way that I think is great and necessary but also very clear. He trusts [that] his audience is ready for nuance and ambiguity. He’s not dumbing anything down for someone and that’s really fun to play.”

Will Star Wars 8 catapult Kylo Ren into the hated/loved villain that Darth Vader became in Empire? Will he grow up out of his moody, conflicted not a Jedi, not a Sith lord fuckboy and become a great antagonist? Let’s hope so.

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“Rian’s writing is so clear,” Driver said this of Rian Johnson writing in VIII. “I learned a lot of things about my character through his writing.”

Driver said everyone on the VIII set is super focused:

“The stakes are even higher, I think. No one’s relaxing. Well, I can’t speak for everyone, but I didn’t feel more relaxed as if we’d accomplished anything. It’s one more reason we have to redouble our efforts and just make it even more specific, but then you also have to let it all go and not think too much while you’re working on it. It’s the same thing you do when you’re working on something like Jim (Jarmusch’s) movie, too.”

We were only gifted a slight glimpse of the ominous Knights of Ren during a vision in The Force Awakens. Will Episode 8 show us how Kylo Ren turned from Ben Solo to the dark side and later the master of the Knights of Ren? With the final scene featuring Luke Skywalker in The Force Awakens, I’m sure we will get one side of the story as to the moment Ben Solo became the “Jedi Killer.”

Only 456 days, 8 hours, and 41 minutes until Star Wars: Episode VIII.