"Star Wars: Episode VII" will use more real-life models than the franchise's last three films, according to the director of the still-to-be-shot "Star Wars: Episode VIII," according to MTV.com.

Rian Johnson, who directed "Looper" and is on board to direct the second of the new Disney-era films, appeared on the "Girls in Hoodies" podcast to discuss his experiences so far in the "Star Wars" universe.

"They're doing so much practical building for this one, it's awesome," Johnson said. "They're doing it all right."

That's beautiful music to the ears of a "Star Wars" nerd.

Johnson said film culture is "coming back around" to practical, tangible special effects, but he said that might be his generational bias.

"I think more and more people are hitting a critical mass as far as the CG-driven action scene, lending itself toward a very specific type of action film, where physics go out the window and it becomes so big so quick, and I probably sound like a grumpy old man talking about it," Johnson said. "I do wonder, kids are growing up watching those and that's the thing they love now. So I don't know if it's a generational thing."

Johnson's revelations echo what's being said about the new films. That's not to say they won't used computer-generated effects at all. But it probably means scenes won't look painted-on, like in Episode I.

"Star Wars: Episode VII" hits theaters December 18, 2015. "Episode VIII" is slated for a 2017 release.


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