Oscar Isaac Will Return in ‘Star Wars Episode VIII’

By March 20, 2015

Although concrete details about this December’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens are few and far between, even less is known about the subsequent films in the new trilogy outside of the fact that Rian Johnson (Looper) will be directing Episode VIII. Now, we know of at least one new face from this year’s film that will be making his return in the second film of the new trilogy.

Oscar Isaac, who plays Poe Dameron in The Force Awakens, recently spoke with Moviefone about his roles in both the upcoming Star Wars film, as well as his villainous titular role in next year’s X-Men: Apocalypse directed by Bryan Singer. One of the topics that came up was Episode VIII director Rian Johnson, and Isaac may have given a very minor spoiler on his character’s fate in The Force Awakens by seemingly confirming that he’ll be in the immediate follow-up. When asked about Johnson, Isaac relayed that he was “very excited” about the idea of working with him, but has yet to speak to the director about any of the specifics that the film will dabble in.

Isaac was also asked about potential for his character to appear in any of the Star Wars spinoff films, and while he didn’t rule it out, he was coy, telling his interviewer that he’d have to ask the studio about it.

Much of the conversation also centered on Apocalypse — both the film itself and the role — and Isaac let slip that he had more than a passing familiarity with the iconic X-Men villain.

My first comic book I ever collected was “X-Factor” and I actually really loved Apocalypse. And yeah, so when I heard that maybe that would be the next villain, I was like, “Guys, get me in there, I want to meet with them. […] Apocalypse is so cool and weird and scary and I wanted to be a part of that.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theaters on December 18th. X-Men: Apocalypse will follow in 2016, when it opens on May 27th. For more on these films as they develop, keep an eye on GeekNation!

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Chris Clow
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