I thought it would be fun to catch up on the non-Star Wars films of the creators and actors of the Star Wars sequel trilogy and stand-alone films.
Here’s the list of people, their roles in the sequel trilogy, and the 14 movies I’ve chosen for homework. I assume that most people have seen Godzilla (2014) and Jurassic World (2015) already, but as the movies closest in budget and scope to the upcoming Star Wars movies, I felt compelled to include them. Beyond that, I have made no attempt to be comprehensive – instead I’ve listed the movies that I have the most interest in seeing. If you want completeness, IMDB and Wikipedia await.
I also did not include any of J.J. Abrams’ work. I assume he’s a known quantity by now, and this list is really looking forward to Episodes VIII and IX and Rogue One, not back (or sideways) to The Force Awakens. But for what it’s worth, I think the JJ film that most directly anticipates The Force Awakens is Super 8.
When I first composed the list last week, the only thing I’d seen from it (other than the two big summer blockbusters) was Looper (2012). Since then I’ve also watched Ex Machina (2015), which is streaming for free on Amazon Prime. More on those movies in other posts.
John Boyega – FN-2187/Finn
- Attack the Block (2011) – British horror comedy about aliens invading London
- Imperial Dreams (2014) – drama about an ex-gangster, set in Los Angeles
Oscar Isaac – Poe Dameron
- Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) – Coen brothers black comedy
- A Most Violent Year (2014) – American crime drama
- Ex Machina (2015) – contemporary SF movie about AI
Domhnall Gleeson – General Hux
Rian Johnson – writer for Episodes VIII and IX, director for Episode VIII
- Brick (2005) – hardboiled detective story among high school students
- The Brothers Bloom (2008) – caper comedy
- Looper (2012) – time travel crime thriller
Colin Trevorrow – director for Episode IX
- Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) – time travel comedy
- Jurassic World (2015) – science fiction dinosaur movie
- The Book of Henry (2016) – upcoming drama about a child plotting a murder
Gareth Edwards – director for Rogue One