Director of “The Last Jedi” Gets a Special Birthday Gift


Ted Griffith is a dear friend of Rian Johnson, director of the latest Star Wars film, “The Last Jedi.” Johnson recently celebrated his 44th birthday on Sunday, December 17th, and received a Facetime call from Griffith yesterday after Music and the Spoken Word was broadcasted.

This is what he saw:

And here’s his response:

It’s not every birthday that you get a special birthday tribute from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. How did Griffith manage it? Well, his wife Sutton Foster, was the guest soloist that day performing during the broadcasting of Music and the Spoken Word. He’s also a creative friend who was clever enough to come up with the unique gift in the first place.

Besides this birthday surprise, Johnson’s also enjoyed a successful weekend as sales for the new Star Wars release continue to rise. “The Last Jedi” debuted at No. 1 at the box office, earning an estimated $220 million, according to CNN. The film received high reviews from critics.

World traveler, music enthusiast, big sis and aspiring writer, Nicole is currently a full-time student at Brigham Young University. She loves hiking, singing, and meeting new people, and takes joy in listening to the amazingly unique and personal stories each individual has to share.