Oscar Isaac, who will reprise his role as Resistance pilot Poe Dameron in “Star Wars: Episode VIII,” is now the second to confirm director Rian Johnson is shaking things up on the set of the eighth Star Wars film. While promoting this summer’s “X-Men: Apocalypse,” Dameron echoed veteran Star Wars writer Lawrence Kasdan’s statement that Johnson’s film will be unique to previous films in the space-faring franchise.
“Rian is definitely going to places and investigating things that haven’t really been done in the ‘Star Wars’ universe,” Dameron told LA Times. “For me, it’s so fun getting to explore different things that I wouldn’t have expected in this universe. 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.”
Kasdan, who co-wrote “The Empire Strikes Back,” “Return of the Jedi” and “The Force Awakens,” told The Times last year, “Rian Johnson is a friend of mine — he’s going to make some weird thing.” Johnson won the Special Jury Prize for Originality of Vision at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival with his debut feature film, “Brick,” and also helmed “Looper” and three “Breaking Bad” episodes. Applauding Johnson’s creativity, Kasdan said, “If you’ve seen Rian’s work, you know it’s not going be like anything that’s ever been in ‘Star Wars.'”
While the official synopsis has yet to be unveiled, “Star Wars: Episode VIII” follows the events of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” directed by J.J. Abrams. Daisy Ridley returns as Rey, who continues her epic journey with Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Finn (John Boyega) and Poe (Dameron). The eighth Star Wars film also stars Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, Carrie Fisher as Leia, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata and Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke. “Star Wars: Episode VIII” arrives in theaters on December 15, 2017.