J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode IX” serves as the final film of the current trilogy along with the overall Skywalker Saga, meaning this is truly the end of the line for the characters of Luke, Leia, and Han Solo.
It also means the end for some of the newer characters, such as Oscar Isaac’s fan favorite Poe Dameron. Speaking with The Daily Beast, Isaac discussed how the film will handle the death of Leia actress Carrie Fisher:
“The story deals with [Fisher’s death] quite a bit. It’s a strange thing to be on the set and to be speaking of Leia and having Carrie not be around. There’s definitely some pain in that… [‘Episode IX’] deals with the amazing character that Carrie created in a really beautiful way.”
The film also sees the return of director J.J. Abrams which has led to a change in the energy on the set, Isaac says filming is a lot more relaxed than on the two previous “Star Wars” films he worked on:
“There’s a looseness and an energy to the way that we’re shooting this that feels very different. It’s been really fun being back with J.J., with all of us working in a really close way. I just feel like there’s an element of almost senioritis, you know?. Since everything just feels way looser and people aren’t taking it quite as seriously, but still just having a lot of fun. I think that that energy is gonna translate to a really great movie.”
Isaac, who has been popping up several times a year on screen in recent years, has indicated he’s potentially taking a year off after finishing the upcoming sequel so he can “focus on things that are a bit more real and that matter to me.”
“Star Wars: Episode IX” hits theaters December 20th 2019.