Rian Craig Johnson (born December 17, 1973) is an American film and television director, producer, and writer.
He seems to often cast Joseph Gordon-Levitt for roles, even if it is just for a cameo appearance. He is also known for directing Looper and a trio of Breaking Bad episodes — one of them being "Ozymandias", which has been hailed by critics and audiences as one of the greatest episodes of television ever made.
He is One of Us, since apparently he likes Game of Thrones, and is interested in working on Doctor Who. He has since become a Promoted Fanboy, directing Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi, and was later hired to develop a new trilogy of films unrelated to the Skywalker Saga.
- Brick (2005)
- The Brothers Bloom (2008)
- Breaking Bad (2010, "Fly"; 2012, "Fifty-One"; 2013, "Ozymandias")
- Looper (2012)
- Star Wars
- The Last Jedi (2017)
- New Star Wars trilogy (TBA)
- Knives Out (2019)
Tropes applying to his works include:
- Anachronism Stew: Brick, The Brothers Bloom, and Looper all feature this to varying degrees; In the first it's part of the Film Noir homage, in the second it's to give the film the feel of a timeless tale, and in the last it's too establish how impoverished the characters in the future are.
- Deconstruction: The Last Jedi is pretty clearly a massive deconstruction of several Star Wars tropes and characters, most prominently Luke Skywalker.
- Subverted Trope: About The Last Jedi, he admitted himself wanting to subvert the audience's expectations regarding the followup to many things J. J. Abrams set up in The Force Awakens, such as Luke being full of Heroic Self-Deprecation and the Broken Pedestal when Rey meets him instead of a more classic Old Master who's ready to keep the Master-Apprentice Chain up. Then there were the massive expectations regarding Rey's Mysterious Past... and it's been revealed she's the daughter of nobodies — or at least that's what Kylo Ren said.