Director Rian Johnson says upcoming ‘Star Wars’ films will feature more practical effects and less CGI

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As if it wasn’t clear already, it sounds like the next trilogy of Star Wars films is going to do its best to distance itself from the derided prequel trilogy of the last decade. We already knew that director J.J. Abrams planned to shoot Episode VII on film (both 35mm and IMAX) rather than in digital, and it sounds like he’s also planning to use more practical effects in the next film in addition to the inevitable CGI effects that will surely be necessary for a film of this scale.

Speaking on Grantland’s “Girls in Hoodies” podcast, director Rian Johnson (who will helm Episode VIII) said that Abrams’ film will be more grounded in real world effects than its predecessors:

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