"The Force Awakens"
The Force Awakens

Although we now have less than a year left until the next installment in the Star Wars

franchise hits theaters, we still know very little about it. Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi

has not released a single frame of footage (and it hopefully won't
), so the tone and overall visual style of the upcoming sequel remains incredibly mysterious. That said, the director recently opened up and explained that the next Star Wars
movie has drawn inspiration from three very specific films: Twelve O'Clock High
, Three Outlaw Samurai
, and To reddit.com Catch A Thief
. Johnson explained: