Monday, September 18, 2017

Domhnall Gleeson Talks About the 'Episode IX' Directors Change

By: Dominic Jones

The big story in Star Wars fandom over the past week or so is the return of JJ Abrams to write and direct Star Wars Episode IX.  This news was preceded by the announcement that Colin Trevorrow, who had been hired to direct the film back in 2015, had left the project.  But what does the cast of the sequel trilogy think about the man who kicked off the trilogy returning to direct the final installment?  Domhnall Gleeson, who plays First Order General Armitage Hux in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, spoke with IGN recently and was asked about his thoughts on the return of Abrams.

Gleeson said,
"I can't speak from any perspective except for the fact as somebody who likes the movies because it's not been disclosed to anybody -- because obviously nobody knows what's going to happen with The Last Jedi -- whether I'll be involved in that film or not.  So I don't think of it as somebody who's necessarily involved or not involved, that's just its own thing.  But, you know, I think it's very bad for Colin but if that was -- but if the right thing to do is to part company, the most right thing to do is the same in any relationship, you know? That happens."

You have to admire Gleeson's commitment to keeping the secrets of The Last Jedi and not even confirming whether or not he will appear in Episode IX.  Granted, there is always a chance that Hux will be killed off in this December's film and he won't actually work with Abrams again (at least not on Star Wars).  Personally, I'm surprised he survived The Force Awakens given that his Original Trilogy counterpart--Grand Moff Tarkin--only appeared in one film.  Not that this is a bad thing!  I'm curious to learn more about Hux, his motivations, and his relationship/dynamic with Kylo Ren (Adam Driver).  Hux's backstory is being slowly fleshed out in the current Star Wars novels, which I hope to see more done, and I would love to see the character explored more on the big screen.

Star Wars Episode IX hits theaters on December 20th, 2019.

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