With Lucasfilm deep into production on next year’s Star Wars: Episode IX, Oscar Isaac has been chatting to IndieWire about his experience on the set of the final chapter of Disney’s Star Wars Sequel Trilogy, with the actor stating that the cast and crew are finding it a much more relaxed experience third time around.
“The way they’ve been shooting it right now is looser than it’s been for the last two times,” said Isaac. “It does feel like a relief to get on set and feel like, ‘Oh, we can try things.’ It’s a testament to J.J. Abrams coming back and feeling confident. There’s less pressure for it to be right. We just want to make a good movie and have a really good time while doing it. Often, you do feel like you’ve got to find your way to make something more alive, but this time, it’s been the opposite, there’s no need to smuggle anything in there.”
Isaac also went on to talk about fan expectations, particularly after the mixed response to Star Wars: The Last Jedi:
“Luckily, since I’m not directing it, producing it, or distributing it, I don’t have to worry so much about fan expectations. Also, not all fans have the same expectations… You make a movie and people are supposed to like, or not like it, or not care about it. Those are the only three options. So it’s not shocking that one of those things happened.”
Star Wars: Episode IX is set for release on December 20th 2019 with J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) directing a cast that includes Star Wars veterans Daisy Ridley (Rey), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata), Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), Kelly Marie Tran (Rose Tico), Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca), Billie Lourd (Lieutenant Connix), Greg Grunberg (Snap Wexley), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian) and Carrie Fisher (Leia Organa) as well as new additions Naomi Ackie (Lady Mabeth), Richard E. Grant (Logan), Dominic Monaghan (Lost), Matt Smith (Doctor Who) and Keri Russell (The Americans).