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Johnson feels Star Wars pressure

Rian Johnson has seemingly revealed he is feeling some pressure after he signed on to direct Star Wars: Episode VIII.

The American filmmaker, who directed Looper, The Brothers Bloom and three episodes of Breaking Bad, tweeted a clip of Scott Glenn as astronaut Alan Shepard in Philip Kaufman's 1983 drama, The Right Stuff.

Titled "My prayer", the 19-second clip sees Alan saying: "Dear Lord, please don't let me f**k up."

When Dennis Quaid's character Gordon Cooper said: "I didn't quite copy that. Say again, please," Alan replied: " I said everything's A-OK."

Rian wrote alongside the footage: "Scott Glenn as Alan Shepard in The Right Stuff. Used without permission, but in good spirit."

The 40-year-old will direct the eighth instalment in the sci-fi franchise, and will contribute and write for Star Wars: Episode IX.

He joins Josh Trank and Gareth Edwards, who have each agreed to direct a Star Wars stand-alone film.

JJ Abrams is directing Episode VII, which stars original cast members Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill alongside a brand new cast including John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong'o, Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver.

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