Oscar Isaac on Return to ‘Star Wars’: Solely ‘If I Need Another House’

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After “Star Wars” and “Dune,” Oscar Isaac is returning to the world of auteurs with Paul Schrader’s “The Card Counter.”

After years entrenched in big-budget spectacle, from “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and “The Rise of Skywalker” to “Dune” and lending his voice to the animated sequence “Star Wars Resistance,” Oscar Isaac is lastly getting again to his artwork movie roots. He’ll quickly to be seen in Paul Schrader’s upcoming “The Card Counter,” as a gambler and former soldier who units out to assist a younger man looking for revenge on a mutual enemy from their previous. Teasing the upcoming movie, which was shut down by the pandemic in mid-March with solely 5 days left of filming, Oscar Isaac and Paul Schrader appeared on a Deadline panel the place in fact the topic of “Star Wars” popped up, particularly concerning Oscar Isaac’s potential return to the franchise.

The reply is probably going no, which is smart on condition that his character arc as Poe Dameron wrapped up with the sundown of the Skywalker saga within the final movie, directed by J.J. Abrams and launched in December 2019. “I enjoyed the challenge of those films and working with a very large group of incredible artists and actors, prop makers, set designers, and all that was really fun,” Isaac mentioned. However there’s a caveat.

“It’s not really what I set out to do. What I set out to do was to make handmade movies, and to work with people that inspire me,” mentioned Isaac, who’s labored with administrators together with Alex Garland, J.C. Chandor, Julian Schnabel, and the Coen Brothers. “Paul [Schrader]’s movies, the things that he’s made, it’s in my DNA. I’m not alone, obviously. [For] every actor of a certain generation, those are the films that made them who they are, so that’s certainly my case. It feels like for me a personal turning point and that, as far as I’m concerned, it has nothing to do with the finished product. It’s the process of doing this.”

Does Isaac’s renewed inventive spirit engaged on indies and artwork movies like “The Card Counter” imply he received’t ever return to the “Star Wars” franchise? “Probably, but who knows. If I need another house or something.”

Isaac was additionally not too long ago forged in James Grey’s upcoming movie “Armageddon Time.”

Watch the complete panel over at Deadline right here.

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