'Star Wars Episode 8' spoilers, news: Adam Driver notes similarities with 'The Empire Strikes Back'


The next “Star Wars” film is still more than a year away, but fans are already excited about the eighth installment in the iconic film franchise. Though “Star Wars: Episode 8” doesn’t have the same level of secrecy as last year’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” very little is known about the plot of the upcoming film, though it has been confirmed that some new characters will be seen in the movie.

Recently, Adam Driver, who played villain Kylo Ren in the last movie, opened up about the “Episode 8” script, and the actor noted its similarities to another “Star Wars” film.

“It’s similar to how ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ has a different tone,” said Driver in an interview with Collider. “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.”

“The Empire Strikes Back” is the second installment in the original trilogy which premiered in 1980. The film features how Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) trained to be a Jedi Knight under the tutelage of Jedi Master Yoda (Frank Oz) on the swamp planet Dagobah. The final moments of the film saw Luke engaging in a lightsaber battle with Darth Vader (voiced by James Earl Jones), who cuts off Luke’s right hand.

Despite the success of “The Force Awakens,” Driver said that everyone is still on their A-game for “Episode 8.”

“The stakes are even higher, I think,” said the actor. “No one’s relaxing.”

“Episode 7” ended with Rey (Daisy Ridley) finding Luke and giving him back his lightsaber. Hamill only appeared during the final moments of the film, but it is expected that he will play a bigger role in the next installment.

There have been rumors that Luke might die in the next film, and this made fans worry about the character since Han Solo (Harrison Ford), who was one of the original characters in the first trilogy, met his end in the hands of his son, Kylo Ren, in last year’s film. The rumors were brought on by Hamill’s comments at an event supporting the charity Big Issue, wherein the actor reportedly told the audience, “I finish ‘Episode 8’ and then I’m out of work.” However, Hamill took to Twitter to clarify the matter, writing, “I meant ‘out of work’ because #Ep8 is wrapping soon, OK?”

“Star Wars: Episode 8” opens in theaters on Dec. 15, 2017.