The J.J. Abrams-directed “Star Wars: Episode IX,” the last of the ‘trilogy’ that began with ‘Force Awakens,’ has been in production for some months now. As fans continue to debate the fallout from both “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and the disappointment of “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” many are wondering if the studio and filmmakers will apply a firmer and more controlled grip on the project – cutting off any chance of potentially upsetting fans.
Turns out that’s not the case according to co-star Oscar Isaac. The beloved actor says the cast and crew are more comfortable than ever and tells Indiewire that filming on this is the most relaxed of the three films so far:
“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 also tells Cinema Blend he isn’t shocked at all by the ‘Last Jedi’ backlash, but says the hate was somewhat overblown:
“People had very strong feelings, but there wasn’t as much of an organized way to speak out about it. People that run blogs and websites need content. So it’s like, ‘There’s some content!’ Five people on Twitter. Hundreds. Whatever it is. Then you make it into a story… 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.”
Production on “Star Wars: Episode IX” is expected to last the rest of the year ahead of a December 2019 release.