Star Wars 8 Last Jedi: Did Rian Johnson want to ‘divide’ fans? Director speaks out

The Last Jedi scored highly with critics but audiences have been split more-or-less down the middle, thanks to a change in tone and surprising answers to some previous mysteries.

Even Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker, has made it known that he had issues with his character’s trajectory.

Johnson was asked by a fan on Twitter if he thinks the wide range of opinions on his opus is “good”, to which he had an interesting answer.

“The goal is never to divide or make people upset, but I do think the conversations that are happening were going to have to happen at some point if [Star Wars] is going to grow, move forward and stay vital,” he reasoned.

The answer has been retweeted 2,000 times and liked almost 9,000 times at time of writing.

Johnson had previously said in an interview: “Every fan has a list of stuff they want a Star Wars movie to be and they don’t want a Star Wars movie to be.

“You’re going to find very few fans out there whose lists line up.”

Johnson has been given the reigns to his own Star Wars trilogy, which will presumably launch after 2020.

For now, the current trilogy will conclude with Episode 9 in 2019.

JJ Abrams, who directed The Force Awakens, will be back to helm it; along with most of the principle cast.

Solo: A Star Wars Story – which delves into the past of Han Solo – is due in May.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is out now.