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Why Rian Johnson Loves Reading Star Wars Fan Theories Online

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If you spend enough time in the geek world, you will eventually come across plenty of fan theories about the Star Wars franchise. Some of them seem credible enough, but others (such as the theory that Rey is a descendant of Emperor Palpatine) seem pretty outrageous. CinemaBlend recently sat down with Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson to ask him how he feels about all of the fan theories that have risen to the surface in the days leading up to the film's December 15 release, and he admitted that he loves reading them because of all the time he spent as a die-hard member of the fan community. Johnson said:

Nobody has really gotten the big stuff, but you know, I love reading all of that stuff. There's obviously stuff that gets closer than other stuff, but having been on the other side of the curtain for most of my life and having been just in the fan world myself, I find it really fascinating and fun to be backstage kind of peeking through the curtain seeing what are people thinking it is gonna be. It's fun for me.

There's something to be said about hiring a director who understands the mentality of a fan. Rian Johnson has more than proven his Star Wars street cred in the months leading up to the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi (he even joked to us that he wants to bring back Salacious Crumb in his upcoming trilogy of Star Wars films), so he brings a unique perspective to his position as a creative in the Star Wars world. He not only appreciates the fact that fans have a deep love of the galaxy far, far away; he also seems to clearly recall when he was on that side of the "curtain" and trying to figure plot details out for himself.

If you want a closer glimpse at what Rian Johnson had to say to CinemaBlend about Star Wars: The Last Jedi and the seemingly endless number of fan theories that have popped up in the build-up to its release, take a look at a clip from our interview with the director below!

Of course, the fact that Rian Johnson has confirmed that some of the fan theories have been more accurate than others (even if he wouldn't specify which) will likely get some wheels turning in the heads of many die-hard fans. As a bonafide Star Wars enthusiast, the Looper director knows how to whet our collective appetite for details, so the knowledge that a few fans have managed to get close to the reality of the film's story only makes us more inclined to look back on these hypotheses to see which ones might hold the most water.

Fans will get the chance to gauge the accuracy of their own fan theories for Star Wars: The Last Jedi when the film debuts in theaters later this month on December 15. Until that highly-anticipated day arrives, make sure to get your tickets for the next entry in the Star Wars saga, and check out our handy 2017 movie premiere guide to see what the rest of the year has in store on the big screen.

Do you have a bizarre Star Wars fan theory that you want to share? Let us know in the comments to keep this conversation going!

Conner Schwerdtfeger

Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.