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The director of “The Last Jedi” spoke about the attempt of bots from Russia to influence the plot of “Star Wars”

Ryan Johnson, photo Lucasfilm
Ryan Johnson, photo Lucasfilm

the director of the eighth episode of the movie Star Wars, Ryan Johnson, said that at the beginning of production he faced the attack of Russian bots. They allegedly asked not to kill one of the characters, although there were no prerequisites for this. An unusual spam attack was reported by the Filmschoolrejects website referring to the documentary “The Director and the Jedi” about the shooting of the eighth episode.

According to the publication, in the documentary picture there is a point where Johnson in the early stages of the production of “The Last Jedi” discusses Russia’s attempt to influence the film through social networks. “These Russian accounts have a coordinated effect,” the director noted.


As noted in the Filmschoolrejects, at that time Johnson was written from hundreds of accounts with the same request – to save in the plot all three new films of General Hax. This character of the film is known as one of the leaders of the First Order – a fictional state with a military dictatorship.

 To attract attention, spammers used hashtags like HuxLive. At the same time, nothing hinted at the death of Khaks at the end of the seventh episode. Johnson noted that he did not know why the Russian bots wanted to make sure that Hax was kept alive. According to the Gizmodo edition , the whole thing is “in the love of Russians for authoritarian regimes.”
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