Oscar Isaac Says He’ll Only Return to ‘Star Wars’ ‘If I Need Another House or Something’
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After years of being anchored in a big budget spectacle, from Star Wars: The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker to Dune and the animated series Star Wars Resistance, Oscar Isaac returns finally back his art film roots. He will soon appear in Paul Schrader's upcoming "The Card Counter" as a player and former soldier who wants to help a young man take revenge on a common enemy from his past. Oscar Isaac and Paul Schrader teased the upcoming film, which was closed by the pandemic in mid-March and was only five days before shooting started. They appeared on a deadline panel, of course on the subject of "Star Wars", especially regarding Oscar Isaac's possible return to the franchise.
The answer is probably no, given that his character as Poe Dameron with the sunset of the Skywalker saga in the last film directed by J.J. Abrams and released in December 2019. "I enjoyed the challenge of these films and worked with a very large group of incredible artists and actors, prop makers, set designers and everything that was really fun," said Isaac. But there is a limitation.
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"It's not really what I set out to do. I wanted to make handmade films and work with people who inspire me," said Isaac, who has worked with directors such as Alex Garland, JC Chandor, Julian Schnabel and the Coen Brothers. "Paul [Schrader] 's films, the things he did are in my DNA. I'm obviously not alone. For every actor of a certain generation, these are the films that have made them what they are. That is certainly my case. It feels like a personal turning point for me and has nothing to do with the finished product. It is the process of doing this. "
Does Isaac's renewed creative spirit working on indies and art films like "The Card Counter" mean that he will never return to the "Star Wars" franchise? "Probably, but who knows. If I need another house or something. "
Isaac was also recently cast in James Gray's new film "Armageddon Time".
Check out the full panel on Deadline here.
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