Oscar Isaac took a break from filming J.J. Abrams’ much-anticipated (and as yet untitled) Star Wars: Episode IX to promote his new film Operation Finale. Despite that film’s serious subject matter, concerning the ethical dilemmas that come with Israeli spies hunting down Nazi war criminals, the subject of Star Wars is never out of bounds for the actor best known for his portrayal of Rebel pilot Poe Dameron. In an interview with Yahoo! Entertainment, the actor shared his thoughts on J.J. Abrams’ recently announced decision to bring back Carrie Fisher’s General Leia Organa via unused footage of the late actress.
There has been much discussion surrounding the fate of the iconic character since Fisher’s passing in December 2016. Many fans feared that her arc would be left unresolved and the character killed off-screen, or that she would be brought back through CGI — a cinematic device that proved controversial with the computer-generated resurrection of Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin in Rogue One.
Back in July, worries were quelled with the announcement that Fisher would return via unused footage. On that subject, Isaac — who shared most of his scenes in The Last Jedi with Fisher — told Yahoo!, “I’m very happy about that, I think it’ll be a wonderful way to deal with this character that we all love so much.”
Leia’s return isn’t the only thing in the Star Wars universe Isaac is happy about. His character Poe received a mock trial at Comic-Con International this year, where the hotheaded pilot was held accountable and sentenced, by proxy, for disobeying the orders of Vice Admiral Holdo (Laura Dern) in The Last Jedi. Isaac expressed his enthusiasm for fans taking the narrative into their own hands, saying, “It’s incredible, because you have people actually engaging with the ethical question of war and what leadership is.”
It will be interesting to see whether Poe’s demotion still stands in Episode IX, and how some of the The Last Jedi’s more controversial plot points will be followed up.
Isaac is well aware of the fact that a number of viewers didn’t agree with how Rian Johnson’s film went down, but encouraged fans to look beyond the narrative of the films, and to “make what you would want to see.” It’s advice that Johnson and Abrams have clearly taken to heart through their films. Whether defying the canon we thought we knew or breaking the rules of nature to resurrect a screen legend, Star Wars’ creative potential lives far beyond the end credits.
Star Wars: Episode IX will be released on Dec. 20, 2019.