Maryland born director Rian Johnson graduated from the University of Southern California in 1996, scoring his first major screen credit as the editor of LUCKY MCKEE’S MAY (2002), a gothic horror picture. 

    Three years later, Rian debuted his first feature, BRICK, a neo-noir starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, at Sundance.  The film won a Special Jury Prize for originality of vision.  His follow-up THE BROTHERS BLOOM, a con-artist crime story, starred Mark Ruffalo, Adrien Brody and Rachel Weisz.  His time traveling sci-fi film, LOOPER, starring Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis, landed on several of 2012’s top-ten lists and won Rian a slew of nominations and awards.

    In addition to features, Rian has directed a number of shorts, music videos, commercials and TV episodes — including several highly lauded episodes of Breaking Bad.  Currently Rian is writing and directing STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII and IX.