Oscar Isaac, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Third time's the charm? "Star Wars: Episode IX" is now filming, with "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens" director J.J. Abrams back at the helm.

Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron) praised Abrams to IndieWire, suggesting the more loose feeling on set this year comes from Abrams' own confidence in his return to set.

Isaac also mentioned less pressure for the film to be "right," which is probably a good perspective, since the fandom is very passionate but also very divided on what is "right." Some fans were unhappy with Rian Johnson's "Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi." Others loved it. Some fans also didn't like "The Force Awakens" any more than they liked George Lucas' prequels. Other fans loved all of those films. We are not The Borg, linked to one collective hive mind.

Isaac told IndieWire he plans to take a year off after filming "Episode IX," just to take a break with his family after 10 years of non-stop acting work. But so far, he seems to be enjoying his third film in the Saga:
"The way they’ve been shooting it right now is looser than it’s been for the last two times. 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. 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 jokingly compared this film's improv to "Cassavetes in space." Hopefully there's a correlation between the enjoyment making the film and the enjoyment watching the film. They know they can't please everyone, so it's good that they are loosening the pressure valve and just telling the story they want to tell, with the characters we've come to know across three (or more) films.

"Star Wars: Episode IX" will be adding Dominic Monaghan, Matt Smith, and Keri Russell to the existing cast list -- led by Daisy RidleyJohn BoyegaAdam DriverBilly Dee Williams, Mark Hamill, Kelly Marie Tran, and Carrie Fisher in previously unused footage.

"Episode IX," which has yet to reveal its official title, is expected to keep filming until February. It's scheduled to open in theaters December 20th, 2019.

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