UPDATE! Oscar Isaac Briefly Talks Star Wars: Episode VIII and the New Cast Additions


Actor Oscar Isaac offers a few tidbits about his work on the currently untitled Star Wars: Episode VIII and the differences in Directors. Read on for more…


Star Wars fans all over the world are getting excited about actor Oscar Isaac’s return as the flashy pilot Poe Dameron in Star Wars: Episode VIII. The  young actor recently mentioned that Episode VIII’s director Rian Johnson’s take on the galaxy far, far away will be far different than anything that has come before.


Speaking to Collider’s Steven Weintraub, during the premiere for the London’s Global Fan Screening of Bryans Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse,  Isaac spoke a few words about his day of filming Star Wars: Episode VIII.

“Today, Poe was doing a very cool stunt in pinewood, and then I took a nap and came here”. he said.


Steve also asked him what it’s like working for Director Rian Johnson compared to J.J. Abrams.

“Well they’re both great filmmakers, and they both have strong ideas where they feel the emotion of the story goes, and so it’s a great continuation of what J.J. started.”

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Isaac is also officially on board to star in the Paramount thriller  ‘A Foreigner’. The film revolves around a murdered Guatemalan man who arranges for videos of his killers to be distributed after his death in order to uproot the corruption that has led to other killings. The story is based on David Grann’s 2011 New Yorker article “A Murder Foretold.”


Also the first X-Men: Apocalypse reviews started showing up, and there are headlines like: ‘Oscar Isaac Deserves Better Than “X-Men: Apocalypse”‘, and ‘”X-Men: Apocalypse” Is A Waste Of A Perfectly Good Oscar Isaac.’ So it appears we have a yet another strong performance by Isaac, unfortunately this time in a not so good movie.


Star Wars: Episode VIII recently past the halfway mark of filming and looks to be on track for its release which is set for December of 2017.


You can watch the entire Collider chat with star Oscar Isaac here:

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In an Entertainment Tonight exclusive, Carly Steel caught up with Star Wars: The Force Awakens Actor Oscar Isaac to discuss his new film X-Men: Apocalypse’, due out May 27. The actor also revealed some more tidbits about Star Wars: Episode VIII, including the fact that his character Poe Dameron has a much bigger role in the sequel film. When asked about the fact that reportedly his character was originally going to die in Star Wars: Episode VII, and how will that impact the story for Episode VIII’, Isaac had this to say:

“Well, I’m around, first of all, which is nice.” he said. “But the thing about it being an Indie film obviously it’s this huge, huge thing but it’s more about the quality of what it feels like to film specially with the new additions to the cast, like Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro, they’re incredible actors and Rian, his sensibility is one of smaller films,” he added. “So, within all of the bigness and the epic scope of the film, it does feel like we’re getting to find some of that nuance and that intimacy.”


Isaac also mentioned that his character will have more action and the characters are pushed to their limits.

“Poe, he gets to be more a part of the story, and all of the characters in the film, they get tested, intensely,” he said. “It’s a lot of conflict in it, which is great.”


You can watch the full ET interview here.





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36 thoughts on “UPDATE! Oscar Isaac Briefly Talks Star Wars: Episode VIII and the New Cast Additions

  • May 12, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    so basically.. nothing. celebration can’t come sooner- dying for news about VIII

    • May 13, 2016 at 12:01 am

      At least it wasn’t practical effects praise.

      • May 13, 2016 at 1:04 am

        real sets, it all feels so REAL

        • May 13, 2016 at 5:35 pm

          Well he did talk about real actors.

        • May 14, 2016 at 12:41 pm

          Which in turn helped make TFA the success it is 😉

      • May 13, 2016 at 4:56 am

        real sets.. practical effects..

        • May 15, 2016 at 6:13 am

          *cuts to a group of actors standing in front of a green screen*

        • May 31, 2016 at 11:55 am

          Well they are real sets. The falcon is real, the bulidings if you’ve seen the set photos are real and the X-Wings are real allot is real. They don’t CGI the aliens they make masks and put people in the costumes and there’s even talk of them currently constructing the Yoda puppet. Everything that can be practical is practical except the environment (ie they aren’t in space) but what do you expect. Its nothing like X-Men Apocalypse where everything is fake except for the charred remainings of toppled buildings. Its not like the actors are being suspended up by awful wire work like Magneto. Trust me you can tell the difference between something that’s well made and crappily made. Star Wars is practical.

  • May 12, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    Haven’t seen Apocalypse yet but it seems like it’s getting mixed reviews (it currently has a 53% rating on Rotten Tomatoes meaning in the middle of good and bad as far as critic reviews go); I’m still going to watch it when it comes out and I will be forming my own opinion (not just go by someone else’s).

    • May 12, 2016 at 7:44 pm

      Ditto here – it’s def a bummer to hear such mediocre feedback ahead of release. Yeesh…

      • May 12, 2016 at 8:04 pm

        You know what’s worse? There’s this crazy conspiracy saying that Disney is actually bribing critics to bash movies that aren’t made by them. I can feel the burthurtness in these ones…

        • May 12, 2016 at 10:09 pm

          If Disney is in fact doing this they are hurting all future comic book movies in general. As a huge Star Wars fan and comics collector I want all comic book related movies to do well. I don’t listen to critics that have not read comics. they have no love for the medium. BvS hurt Captain America Civil War with all the bad reviews. I liked the BvS and civil war, so I’m not falling prey to what critics say. the critics I follow on Collider liked both films. I trust and follow John Campea. He is an honest critic that tells it like it is. If its a bad film he will let his audience know. And he want be bought by Disney.

          • May 12, 2016 at 10:29 pm

            Of course Disney isn’t doing this. The reason that conspiracy theories are stupid is because they usually require a LOT of people to keep their mouths shut. What happens if one critic doesn’t take the bribe?

          • May 12, 2016 at 10:33 pm

            But still, that is very ridiculous to be true. Deadpool was a huge a success and wasn’t even in Disney’s property. The fans need to either like the film regardless of what the critics say or simply accept the fact that it’s not a good film if they feel so, accusing a huge company for the polarising reviews is the worst act in being a sore loser.

          • May 18, 2016 at 7:29 am

            Couldn’t agree more with your comments. Haven’t seen it yet, but I almost never read reviews before I see a movie I want to see badly. Going in reading negative feedback (that should be erroneous anyways cause it’s not yours) only helps your brain start from a negative stand point. It’s like hearing some person you haven’t met is a piece of shit, and buying into that before you actually meet the person.

    • May 13, 2016 at 4:55 am

      The trailer makes it look worse than X3. My conspiracy theory is that Singer only did the film (and maybe next one) to pay for all the lawyers Fox sent him after all the pedo rumors happened.

    • May 15, 2016 at 6:11 am

      No one cares.

    • May 18, 2016 at 7:23 am

      Screw critics man. Just go in with an open mind. One of many problems with social media is the way negative outcry’s or opinions can slowly seep into your own brain. It can be easy subconsciously to be swept up in other people’s negativity. Seeing flaws you probably wouldn’t have noticed had they not been pointed out. Going into something with that negativity already on the brain makes it even more viable to effect.

  • May 12, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    I’m only slightly worried about his character’s role. I mean… he was supposed to die and then they changed it. I hope he’s important going forward. I like him a lot.

    • May 12, 2016 at 10:36 pm

      Every time I watch TFA I really enjoy Oscar’s scenes. He really breaks the ice with Kylo in the opening scene that really sets the tone of movie. Most people fearful of Kylo and his mask, right after Kylo stops his blaster shot and holds Poe in place with the force we get him making jokes with the big bad man who killed the village leader. His scene when he reunites with BB-8 was another that really stands out to me, so genuine the way he greets his companion. While it is more of his X-Wing, I could watch the scene at Maz’s castle over and over, where the Resistance arrives at which point Poe takes out like 8 tie fighters and blows up a few storm troopers in a circle around the castle when Finn says, wow, that’s one hell of a pilot. He has such a small role on screen with such a huge impact in the movie. Glad he stuck around to help finish off Starkiller Base. I look forward to more of Poe in Episode VIII.

      • May 13, 2016 at 4:43 pm

        He’s seriously a great character. I hope they manage to intertwine him nicely.

      • May 18, 2016 at 7:18 am

        Honestly I couldn’t agree more. The more I watch TFA the more I notice just how good it is. Yes it’s got the rehashed feeling of familiar beats, but the most positive thing I get from it, is that the best acting and best parts come from all the new characters. Like Oscar isaacs.

        And I’m thoroughly impressed with Daisy Ridley. To have so little experience she effing nailed it. So natural. Especially with showing raw emotion. Not to mention how well her and Boyega meshed.

        To me though, Adam Driver stood out as the best. Just at how perfectly he did his character. The scene where he faces Han, you can see him go through like four different possible scenarios just in his face. I don’t think he went out on that walkway knowing what he was gonna do. You can see him about to maybe really give into the light. Then it seems like he’s just toying with Han, then he finally goes over the edge fully (the dark side edge that is).

  • May 13, 2016 at 12:49 am

    I watched Looper for the first time and I thought it was very interesting but the most interesting thing was how he will be able to apply that creativity to Star Wars which is far more naturally inclined to his obvious talents. This movie isn’t going to pull any punches…

    • May 13, 2016 at 1:03 am

      “far more naturally inclined to his obvious talents” oh man, what does that even mean

      • May 13, 2016 at 2:41 am

        What you been smoking mate? What I meant was that Looper is partly Sci-Fi and Rian Johnson nailed it but Star Wars is probably the pinnacle of Sci-Fi movies and so Star Wars, naturally, will take advantage of the skills that he obviously has…I hope that makes sense man lol

        • May 13, 2016 at 3:11 am

          hm I wouldn’t call SW Sci-Fi by any means, just cuz its taking place in space doesn’t make it that genre, while Looper on the other hand is pretty well rooted in that tradition. nevertheless, I agree, I’m most excited and interested to see what Rian does with the franchise. I’m secretly hoping for some lo-fi indie vibe that’s all over New Hope

          • May 13, 2016 at 3:50 am

            Sorry, what I should’ve said was “Science-fantasy”.

  • May 13, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    I like that he says the characters get tested immensely, and there is a lot of conflict in the movie. Exactly what a very dramatic second act should have!

  • May 13, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    Indie film, not Indy (i.e. independent, not Indiana Jones)

  • May 14, 2016 at 3:45 am

    If Poe’s role in Episode VIII is being expanded, does that mean Finn’s role may be cut down ?

    • May 14, 2016 at 6:14 am

      Nope. John Boyega is the co-lead alongside Daisy Ridley in this trilogy. He gets the same amount of screentime as her. Oscar is the fifth lead beause he comes after Luke, Rey, Finn, and Kylo.

      • May 14, 2016 at 8:23 pm

        you seem to know alot of stuff especially about the two films that are yet to be made, do you happen to work for LF/Disney?

    • May 15, 2016 at 6:10 am

      Hopefully not.

  • May 15, 2016 at 6:10 am

    “about it being an Indy film”

    that should be “indie film”, not “Indy film”. He didn’t call Star Wars Indiana Jones.

    • May 15, 2016 at 9:44 am

      You mentioned before, in a conversation about no original stories left, wanting to take a look my original story. If you’re actually interested let me know as I’m starting to layout the first few pages and get them ready to show people. Not sure how I want to go about it all quite yet though. If you’re not interested, no worries. I had just remembered it while working on the layout today and thought I’d mention it. (sorry it’s off topic, disqus doesn’t allow PM’s I don’t think)

      • May 15, 2016 at 5:40 pm

        It’s fine. And I am interested, by the way.

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