Laura Dern Thought She Was Being Pitched a Philosophical Indie Movie Instead of 'Star Wars'

Sometimes it’s best to not overthink things.

Actor Laura Dern recently broke down her biggest film and television roles in a career timeline video from Vanity Fair. In one of the video’s highlights, the actor recalls taking a meeting with director Rian Johnson about a potential project, wherein he began spouting high-minded metaphorical ideas about space and the need to take command of one’s own ship.

Impressed, she asked him where his movie would take place.

“It’s space,” she remembers him saying. “I was like, ‘I know, I hear that. I get it as a parallel, but is it in, like small-town America, or…’”

“He was like, ‘no, no, no…it’s Star Wars.’”

She said that Johnson spent ten minutes describing her role in The Last Jedi before she finally caught on. Once they had that all settled, she described her time working on the movie as “magic.”

“We’ve all pretended in our rooms at six to have a lightsaber,” she said. “What an amazing thing to be part of that.”

Watch Dern talk Star Wars, working with David Lynch and watching Jurassic Park for the first time in the full clip below.


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