‘Star Wars: Episode VII’: Oscar Isaac Talks Tone, Leaked Images, and More

By September 23, 2014
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When you look up “rising star” in the Hollywood dictionary (pretend it exists), you’ll see Oscar Isaac’s name. The actor has been working since the mid-90s, but his career really took off starting in 2010; since then, he’s been in Robin Hood, Sucker Punch, Drive, the lead in Inside Llewyn Davis, the upcoming A Most Violent Year, and he’s joined the cast of J.J. Abrams’ massively anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII.

In a new interview with EW, Isaac talks about his new film The Two Faces of January, but we both know that you’re hear to read what he had to say about a galaxy far, far away. Here you go:

Have you had much interactions with the original trio of Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, and Mark Hamill on or off-screen?

Yeah, I have. Both. They’re such funny people. Carrie is hilarious and doing such cool work. Harrison is back. He went on hiatus for a little while, but he’s 150 percent back. It’s pretty amazing to see him bounce back. He looks incredible. Everyone’s having a really good time. J.J. sets that tone. There’s a lot of enthusiasm and it’s being done with a lot of heart. There’s nothing cynical about the way we’re doing this. Even the in way he’s shooting it — he’s shooting on film and actually building the sets, so you’ve got hundreds of Stormtroopers or whatever, and hundreds of extras and all the ships. You actually see it. It’s all real. Everyone can interact with the world.

What do you think of this culture of leaked photos from set and this insatiable hunger for specific details about this new installment?

People want to know all those special things and when those iconic moments are going to happen, but if all that gets revealed beforehand I feel like it robs people of that moment when they’re sitting there watching it for the first time.

The original Star Wars, of which you’ve said you’re a big fan, are filled with cheesy lines and dialogue which the actors have not shied away from criticizing over the years. How does this compare?

Yeah. [Laughs] I’m constantly looking for a cheesy line to say to harken back to the old ones. No, what they’re trying to do and what’s really great is J.J.’s been loosening it up a little bit and trying to make it alive and energized. It’s not formal. They’re messy, energized people. We’ve all intentionally tried to do that. Just make it a little more fiery and messy.

So there you have it. No huge reveals – we still don’t officially know which character he’s playing, though the fact that he’s shared screen time with both Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford may indicate he’s a Solo family member or close friend (maybe Lando’s son?), but it’s still pretty cool to hear some stuff we haven’t heard before: Abrams’ tone on set, keeping things loose, etc. Here’s hoping all of that translates on screen in the movie, which arrives in theaters on December 18th, 2015.

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