RIAN JOHNSON [Director / Writer / Producer] Since his
stylized breakout directorial debut,
Rian Johnson has become internationally known for crafting films with their own
artfully designed voice
and look, and for telling unique stories that blend the pulp of genre with a
Johnson is currently gearing up for the release of his next film Knives Out,
which he produced,
directed, and wrote that features an all-star cast including Ana de Armas, Chris
Evans, Daniel Craig, Toni
Collette, Michael Shannon, Katherine Langford, Jamie Lee Curtis, Lakeith
Stanfield, and Christopher
Plummer. The whodunnit crime thriller will be released by Lionsgate November 27,
Lucasfilm announced that Johnson will be overseeing a new trilogy of Star
Wars films that will
explore far-away corners of the galaxy separate from the Skywalker canon.
Johnson will write and direct
the first episode of the trilogy, creating a whole new world for Star Wars fans.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Johnson's most recent directorial effort, is the
movie of all time, taking in over $1.3 billion at the worldwide box office. TIME
said "[Director Rian
Johnson's] movie has a sense of humor about itself and a sense of joy, but its
emotional generosity, even
in the midst of all the extravagant green-screen work, is its best special
effect" and Peter Travers called it
"the epic you've been looking for."
In September 2012, Johnson released his third feature, Looper. The original
film, which Johnson
also wrote, stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis as younger and older
versions of the same man.
They are pitted against each other in a world where time travel is used by mobs
of the future to dispose
of enemies. The film also stars Emily Blunt, Jeff Daniels, Piper Perabo, Paul
Dano, and Garrett Dillahunt.
Looper grossed over $176 million worldwide, was nominated for five Critic's
Choice Awards, and earned
Johnson the National Board of Review Award for Best Original Screenplay.
Johnson released his sophomore feature, Focus Features' The Brothers Bloom,
Brody, Rachel Weisz, and Mark Ruffalo in 2008. Johnson both wrote and directed
the screenplay, which
he describes as "A con man movie that's ultimately about how we all use
storytelling, for good and ill, in
our lives." Bloom follows two brothers, played by Brody and Ruffalo, who travel
the world conning
society's elite. They lead a successful enterprise until their last target, a
beautiful heiress (Weisz), offers
an unexpected and romantic twist.
His first feature, Brick, brought the director international acclaim. This
dark, moody mystery was
a surprise hit when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2005. Made on
a micro budget and
funded by family and friends, the film follows Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a loner
high school student as he
digs through his small town's criminal underbelly in search of his
ex-girlfriend's killer. A clever, sincere
modern take on classic detective fiction, the film was nominated for a host of
awards, including several
film critics associations and two Independent Spirit Awards. The film also won
the Special Jury Prize at
Johnson grew up making homespun movies with his friends, and through that
early education he
developed a love for all aspects of filmmaking. Johnson sought formal education
at the University of
Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts.
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