A screenshot of Luke Skywalker as seen in 'Star Wars: Episode 7 - The Force Awakens'

‘Star Wars: Episode 8’ Rumor: ‘The Last Jedi’ Influenced By Prequels, But No Need To Worry

If the latest details about the highly-anticipated Star Wars: Episode 8 – The Last Jedi are anything to go by, fans of the prequel era will have another reason to be excited about the film.

Jason Ward of Making Star Wars, which has proven itself to be a reliable source when it comes to all things Star Wars: Episode 8, revealed on Twitter that The Last Jedi would look like Game of Thrones and the Star Wars prequels had a baby.

Game of Thrones being a worldwide phenomenon, many fans are excited what this could mean for Star Wars: Episode 8 as they imagine that it would be epic like the award-winning series.

However, mixing the HBO juggernaut with the prequels, which not a lot of fans loved for various reasons, had some worried as well. But here is what the Making Star Wars editor-in-chief had to say about that in another tweet.

“Say what you will about the prequels. The design was not one of its flaws.”

While some would be apprehensive about the sequel being compared to the prequels, which have earned the reputation of being horrible films, Ward seems to suggest that his statement is true as far as the look and feel of Star Wars: Episode 8 is concerned.

According to Star Wars watcher and YouTuber Star Wars HQ, this could be due to the inclusion of a brand new casino planet in Star Wars: Episode 8 named Canto Bight.

A screenshot from the 'Star Wars' prequels
A still showing Coruscant from the ‘Star Wars’ prequels [Image by Disney and Lucasfilm]

As revealed in the by Making Star Wars, this world is heavily connected to First Order leader Supreme Leader Snoke. Ward described this new Star Wars: Episode 8 planet as “a medieval-looking city dressed in neon.”

Star Wars HQ believes that this planet will likely remind fans of Coruscant, which was first featured in Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace. Many fans loved the look of that world, but it was rarely featured in the most recent Star Wars projects.

With such an iconic location as an inspiration, Star Wars: Episode 8 is definitely shaping up to be an aesthetically beautiful film that fans would be in awe to see for the design alone.

This is no secret, especially just looking at the shots in the first teaser trailer for Star Wars: Episode 8 – The Last Jedi. Director Rian Johnson, who loves photography (he took a lot of pictures during filming), clearly had this passion on display in the film.

There were many shots showing a picturesque view of the planet Ahch-To from various angles. There is also an epic shot of Rey (Daisy Ridley) training in the distance as Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) watched.

Star Wars: Episode 8 is not only expected to tell a good story. It is also believed to look good while doing so. The prequels may be criticized for the plot and writing among other reasons, but the design was absolutely something that many fans wanted to see more of so it should make them happy that The Last Jedi is taking that route as far as design goes.

The Empire prepares for war in 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars'
A screenshot from ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ [Image by Disney and Lucasfilm Animation]

Star Wars HQ also made mention of the possible influence of Star Wars: The Clone Wars on future Star Wars projects. The animated series, which first aired in 2008 and ended in 2014, was loved by legions of Star Wars fanatics.

A lot of fans still want to see more of the series and while there is no telling at the moment what Lucasfilm and Disney has planned, the companies appear to be making a conscious effort in doing a fan service in upcoming projects in the franchise with the growing love and support for the show despite having ended three years ago. Whether Star Wars: Episode 8 will be one of those remains to be seen.

Star Wars: Episode 8 – The Last Jedi hits the cinemas December 15.

[Featured Image by Disney and Lucasfilm]

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