Oscar Isaac

Oscar Isaac Talks all things Star Wars

If you want to remain spoiler free from here until release, then STOP reading because Star Wars episode VII actor, Oscar Isaac, has revealed some cool details that may make long time fans of the series breathe a sigh of relief. Plus, there has also been some artwork leaked from the upcoming instalment that was found last week on the internet.

Oscar Isaac, who is due to play, possibly, a descendant or even the son of Han Solo, has told Entertainment Weekly last week that we should expect less CGI, because the film’s director, J.J Abrams is building real sets.

“(JJ Abrams is) shooting on film and actually building the sets, so you’ve got hundreds of Stormtroopers or whatever, and hundreds of extras and all the ships.” Said Isaac to EW.

Finally, we may actually get a big blockbuster that doesn’t have to rely on green screen and added special effects for almost every scene. That will no doubt please long time fans of the original George Lucas trilogy as it in keeps with Star Wars’ make up. It will be the first time in a while that we will gaze at the big screen and realise all these “Stormtroopers” and “ships” and “whatever” are all actually there in front of you, which will give Stars Wars a kind of realistic feel.

Also, it can come as even more good news because if the producers and J.J Abram’s have gone to the trouble of building these sets, then it just emphasizes the love for the series, which, Isaac also talks about in the same interview:

“Everyone’s having a really good time. J.J. sets that tone. There’s a lot of enthusiasm and its being done with a lot of heart. There’s nothing cynical about the way we’re doing this. What they’re trying to do and what’s really great is J.J.’s been loosening it up a little bit and trying to make it alive and energized. It’s not formal. They’re messy, energized people. We’ve all intentionally tried to do that. Just make it a little more fiery and messy.”

The cast of Episode VII, and the director, J.J Abrams (top left).

Isaac didn’t stop there in praising everybody’s attitude; because he then went on to commend the returning cast members from the original trilogy too.

“Carrie (Fisher) is hilarious and doing such cool work. Harrison (Ford) is back. He went on hiatus for a little while, but he’s 150 per cent back. It’s pretty amazing to see him bounce back. He looks incredible.”

If there wasn’t enough expectations and pressure already, it surely would have been made worse by everyone involved in filming to be strict and on edge with each other, so this seems like they are hopefully strike the right balance between fun and serious.

So, now we know what the cast are like, what about the Stormtroopers?

Well, they have also been one of the main topics of conversation this week, and not because of the sheer number of them that will appear in episode VII, but because in the same week as Isaac’s interview, a few leaked pictures appearing on Indie Revolver has caused much chatter amongst fans, as they seem to be drawings from one of the actual Star Wars concept artists. The pictures feature a first look at the new Stormtroopers outfit, and here’s more news for you, they’re not white. They’re “Chrome” troopers. However, last month the same website claimed that there will still be white Stormtroopers but with a “sleeker” look and will sport more “modern” helmets. The website said:

“The helmet is not symmetrical – there’s only one breather/vent on the bottom near the mouth, on his left side. The eye lenses are still separate, but set into a black frame to connect them and give the illusion of one single piece.”

Well, there certainly does seem to be plenty of leaked info coming our way and I’m sure it will continue right up until the first trailer hits. As always though, do take these leaked “findings” with a pinch of salt.

Star Wars: Episode VII is set 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi, and opens in theatres on the 18th of December 2015.

Let me know below if you’re more a fan of CGI, or real, more authentic sets.