Monday, April 18, 2016

Oscar Isaac Says 'Episode VIII' Feels Like An Indie Film

By: Benjamin Hart

While Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is beginning to take center stage, production on the following Star Wars film is well underway. Star Wars: Episode VIII won't hit theaters until late next year, but that doesn't stop us from being extremely excited about seeing the further adventures of Rey, Finn, Luke Skywalker and others. Fan favorite Poe Dameron will also be returning to the big screen in Episode VIII, and the actor being the ace pilot, Oscar Isaac, recently spoke with the LA Times about how production is progressing with new director Rian Johnson. They discussed some previous comments made by The Force Awakens co-writer Lawrence Kasdan about the Johnson, where he stated that director's work would be "weird" and that it was going to be unlike "anything that's ever been in Star Wars." Oscar Isaac concurs:

"I would agree with [Kasdan], Rian is definitely going to places and investigating things that haven’t really been done in the 'Star Wars' universe. For me, it’s so fun getting to explore different things that I wouldn’t have expected in this universe."

Isaac, who became well know prior to Star Wars through several independent films, such a Inside Llewyn Davis and last year's Ex Machina, says that working with Johnson on Episode VIII has an Indie vibe:

"In some ways it feels like we’re making an independent film, Certain things we get to play with – this kind of intimacy that we get to find – it's special. It’s been really fun."

The first six films of the Star Wars saga were truly independent films, so its nice to hear that these new films are also exhibiting a those Indie qualities, despite Lucasfilm now being part of the Disney conglomerate. Star Wars: Episode VIII opens in theaters December 15th, 2017.

Source: LA Times

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