Oscar Isaac Says Episode VIII Will Do Things We've Never Seen Before In Star Wars

When Oscar Isaac talks, we listen. And swoon.

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Episode VIII is still far, far away, and we've got another Star Wars film to look forward to first, but it's never too early to get the hype machine rolling, and that's exactly what Oscar Isaac has done.

Isaac, who'll next be seen as the titular villain in X-Men: Apocalypse, played the effortlessly cool and charming Resistance pilot Poe Dameron in The Force Awakens, a role he's set to reprise in the next instalment, and he's been speaking to the LA Times about just what Rian Johnson is bringing to the movie.

"Rian is definitely going to places and investigating things that haven€™t really been done in the Star Wars universe. For me, it€™s so fun getting to explore different things that I wouldn€™t have expected in this universe.

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"In some ways it feels like we€™re making an independent film. Certain things we get to play with €“ this kind of intimacy that we get to find €“ it's special. It€™s been really fun."

Although J.J. Abrams was a great choice to bring the franchise back to life, it was the decision to have Johnson helm Episode VIII that was the more exciting prospect, and it does seem as though he'll be bringing his unique style - which has already given us films like Looper and Brick, not to mention some of Breaking Bad's finest episodes - to Star Wars. And for Isaac, one of the best actors of his generation and no stranger to indies (having appeared in the likes of the brilliant Inside Llewyn Davis and Ex Machina), to make these comments just makes it even more exciting, if that were even possible.

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Star Wars Episode VIII is currently scheduled for release on December 15, 2017. Now the wait feels even longer.

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