The nerd world suffered a great loss when Carrie Fisher unexpectedly passed away back in December of 2016. The question of her character’s fate in the Star Wars trilogy has been a topic of debate for a while now. Everyone seemed pretty split about how exactly Leia Organa’s story should come to an end. Star Wars: Episode IX is currently filming, and they have decided to use deleted footage from The Force Awakens to bring the General to life once again. She’ll be there, in some capacity, but her presence can still be felt on the set. According to Oscar Isaac, who spoke to USA Today, it feels like she’s always with them.
It “always” feels like she’s around while cast and crew are filming the final chapter of the long-running Skywalker saga, Isaac says. “Of course she’s with us.”
Isaac’s character of Poe Dameron has been another topic of conversation after Star Wars: The Last Jedi and his mutinous actions. Isaac has told multiple outlets that he thinks the discourse is a good thing because it means people are talking about the movie and having complex conversations about it.
“You want to get people (to question him) as opposed to have some sort of easy answer of like, ‘Yeah, yeah, he did the right thing. He was a hero.’ What’s the cost of this stuff?” Isaac said.
Isaac goes on to talk about differences between how the Resistance is run and how the First Order is run when it comes to leadership and attack patterns.
In the battle against the evil First Order, Isaac thinks it’s easy to forget that the Resistance “are guerrilla fighters, adhering closer to something like the Revolutionary War fighters or even the guerrillas in Cuba with Che and Fidel and all these guys living in the mountains, coming down to do some attacks, and going back and trying to hide from the ’empire’ of the United States. It’s that kind of ragged at this point. … You hear about stories with (George) Washington as a general, where lots of people died based on their orders,” Isaac adds, “but that is part of leadership and that push-and-pull in the fight for figuring out what’s the way to move forward.”
Coming to terms with leadership and being responsible for the loss of human life was one aspect of Poe’s character arc in The Last Jedi. What comes from that is going to be one of the interesting aspects of Episode IX.
Star Wars: Episode IX, directed by J.J. Abrams, stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, Keri Russell, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, and Billy Dee Williams.
It will be flying into theaters December 20th, 2019.