Even though ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ hasn’t come out yet, there is still plenty of discussion about the future of the franchise from a galaxy far, far away. Besides the news that the first ‘Star Wars’ spinoff would be called ‘Rogue One’, talk has gravitated towards ‘Episode VIII’ and ‘Episode IX’, which are both supposedly directed by ‘Looper’ and ‘Brick’ director Rian Johnson (although J.J. Abrams is rumored to be in the running to helm the third installment). Now, we may or may not have found out a character that would be returning for the second chapter of the iconic Lucasfilm series under the Disney banner.
In an interview with Moviefone to promote his upcoming film ‘Ex Machina,’ Oscar Isaac discussed his time in the ‘Star Wars’ universe during ‘The Force Awakens’. The ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ star also touched on his future with the franchise and expressed his excitement to appear in the next film in the new trilogy alongside Johnson:
Q: And your next director isn’t too shabby either. Are you excited about working with Rian?
A: Yes. Very excited.
Q: Have you talked to him yet?
A: No, not yet.
This practically confirms that Isaac’s X-wing pilot Poe Dameron will make a return for ‘Episode VIII,’ right? Well, not exactly. In an interview with /Film, the actor addressed the quote and actually clarified what he meant while answering a question about the cast knowing their characters’ stories beyond ‘The Force Awakens’:
“Ah, I couldn’t speak to that. I don’t even know. I think generally…watching the trailer was my only confirmation that I even was going to be in this one so I have no idea. I know that people thought I was saying I was going to be in the next one which is not true. I was asked if I was excited to work with Rian Johnson. I mean of course I would. I’d be excited to work with him. I have no confirmation whether I will or not or anything like that.”
Now that the story has been set straight, don’t go placing your bets just yet. However, it seems like Isaac’s character is being built as the new Han Solo, so one would think that a character like that would be sticking around through the first two movies at least. While we wait around to discover the fate of Poe Dameron, share your thoughts and theories in the comments below.