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Oscar Isaac promises a 'looser' feel to Star Wars: Episode IX

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Oct 14, 2018

At this point, most of the details around the upcoming Star Wars: Episode IX have been kept under wraps -- including the title.

Star Oscar Isaac, who plays ace Resistance pilot Poe Dameron, has indicated that the film's dialogue might have a bit of a different tone to it. Mostly because some of it won't have been written on the page.

In an interview with IndieWire, Isaac said that returning director J.J. Abrams has been allowing for more improvisation on set while filming Episode IX.

"The way they’ve been shooting it right now is looser than it’s been for the last two times," Isaac said. "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."

Isaac joked that it was like making "Cassavetes in space," a nod to filmmaker John Cassavetes, who helped pioneer the use of improvised dialogue in film throughout his career. "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."

This could be a welcome change to the franchise, as Star Wars films haven't ever really been praised for the characters' dialogue. One of the most celebrated lines of the Star Wars canon, Han Solo's pre-carbonite-freezing "I know," wasn't technically improvised, but it was altered from the script after a conversation between Harrison Ford and director Irvin Kershner.

George Lucas reportedly wasn't happy with the line, but only because he thought it took viewers out of the film. He later left it in after a test audience responded well to it. Here's hoping the spirit of improvisation adds something similar to the final chapter of The Skywalker Saga.

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