“Last Jedi” To Deeper Explore Poe Dameron

While we heard plenty of quotes about Rian Johnson’s upcoming “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” from cast and crew during the Star Wars Celebration convention last weekend, one person who didn’t weigh in was Oscar Isaac.

The actor, who plays fan favorite Poe Dameron in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and the upcoming sequels, wasn’t in attendance due to a scheduling conflict. Movieweb was able to catch up with him this week though, whilst out doing promotion for the Armenian genocide drama “The Promise,” and asked him about the new film. Isaac revealed that we will get to know the honorable pilot better:

“Well, you know I can’t say anything about the thing itself. But…He will be challenged, in a very intense way that will reveal a lot more about his character.”

Separately Johnson explained to USA Today that he wants these characters to explored more by their present day actions as opposed to diving into their backstories – we’ll see their actions defining them as they go along:

“I wanted to know more about each of them, and that doesn’t just mean information or backstory. Figure out what’s the most difficult thing each of them could be challenged with now, let’s throw that at them and dig into what really makes them tick by seeing how they handle that.”

Isaac agrees on that perspective, in an interview with The Guardian he says:

“The characters that you know already: their specific character flaws or their weaknesses get tested. And out of that, I think, you get to see a bit more of who they are. The best way to learn about somebody is to see them in a crisis.”

Finally he adds to Business Insider that he shot a physical action scene with the late Carrie Fisher on the new film:

“It was basically my first day [on set] and we did about 25 takes total. Half of them were on me and half of them were on her. I can’t give anything away but there was a scene where there was some physicality there and it was shot just over and over and over. She relished the physicality of it, let me just say. It was pretty intense. It will be funny to see what they cut together based on that.”

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” opens in cinemas on December 15th.