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Here's What You Need To Know About The New "Star Wars" Director

Rian Johnson is moving from Sundance to a galaxy far, far away...

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Brick, his first feature film as writer and director, stars a young Joseph Gordon-Levitt and is known for its throwback noir-style dialogue.

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Brick won the Special Jury Prize for Originality of Vision at Sundance in 2005.

Johnson's most well-known film is Looper, the 2012 science fiction thriller starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt (again), Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, and Jeff Daniels.

And in that Looper commentary, he revealed that he likes to reference his previous films in subtle ways.

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The storm drain symbol used in Brick is spray painted on a similar drain in Looper.

He's really into working with his family.

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His cousin, Nathan Johnson, composed the scores for all of his films. Another cousin, Marke Johnson, did graphic design for Looper. Zach Johnson, also a cousin, performed on the soundtrack for Brick and The Brothers Bloom and created an animated trailer for Looper. That's a lot of Johnsons.

So what can we expect from a Star Wars film with Rian Johnson at the helm?

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Johnson's previous work tends to take a relatively lo-fi approach to science fiction.

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His levitation effects in Looper involved literally dangling objects on strings. Movie magic!

All of his films have featured quick, clever dialogue and doggedly determined antiheroes. His protagonists have also all existed slightly outside of the law.

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