Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi was a critical and commercial success, but its aftermath has been plagued by a vocal contingent of haters producing sexist, incomprehensible edits, starting petitions, harassing the film’s female stars, and threatening a crowd-funded remake they promise won’t “push an agenda of masculine inferiority.” It’s enough to make one wonder what could be done with all this energy if it wasn’t directed at a movie that wasn’t exactly what they wanted.
One solution is actually making a thing that is exactly they want. That’s what The Last Jedi’s Oscar Isaac thinks. In a recent interview with Yahoo, Poe Dameron himself issued a decidedly chill response to the fan backlash, one decidedly less mocking than those of his director and co-stars. “What I think is really special about the whole thing—particularly for people that really didn’t agree with where the story went—is that it’s often a great inspiration to do your own stuff,” he said. “Obviously, making your own Star Wars movie is a bit of a tough challenge, but at least from a narrative standpoint maybe you make your own thing and then show what you would want. Make what you would want to see.”
Is it something we’d want to see? Probably not. (Unless, of course, it’s a love story between Poe and Finn.) Nevertheless, it would at least direct some of that weird rage into something productive.