Oscar Isaac Says There’s More Improv in Star Wars: Episode IX

"It’s a testament to J.J. coming back and feeling confident."

Oscar Isaac Says There's More Improv in Star Wars Episode IX

We don’t know a lot about Episode IX yet, but now we do know that the cast has been able to do more improvisation instead of just sticking to the script. Oscar Isaac recently talked to IndieWire about the improv in Star Wars: Episode IX.

“The way they’ve been shooting it right now is looser than it’s been for the last two times,” he said, clarifying that director J.J. Abrams has been allowing more improvisation on the set. “It does feel like a relief to get on set and feel like, ‘Oh, we can try things.’ It’s a testament to J.J. coming back and feeling confident. There’s less pressure for it to be right. We just want to make a good movie and have a really good time while doing it.”

“Often, you do feel like you’ve got to find your way to make something more alive, but this time, it’s been the opposite,” he added. “There’s no need to smuggle anything in there.”

J.J. Abrams returns to direct the final installment of the Skywalker saga. Abrams co-wrote the screenplay with Chris Terrio. The Star Wars: Episode IX cast members include Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, and Billie Lourd. Joining the cast of Episode IX are Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, Matt Smith, Dominic Monaghan, and Keri Russell, who will be joined by veteran Star Wars actors Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, and Billy Dee Williams, who will reprise his role as Lando Calrissian.

The role of Leia Organa will once again be played by Carrie Fisher, using previously-unreleased footage shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Composer John Williams, who has scored every chapter in the Star Wars saga since 1977’s A New Hope, will return to a galaxy far, far away with Episode IX.

Star Wars: Episode IX will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Michelle Rejwan, and executive produced by Callum Greene and Jason McGatlin. The crew includes Dan Mindel (Director of Photography), Rick Carter and Kevin Jenkins (Co-Production Designers), Michael Kaplan (Costume Designer), Neal Scanlan (Creature and Droid FX), Maryann Brandon and Stefan Grube (Editors), Roger Guyett (VFX Supervisor), Tommy Gormley (1st AD), and Victoria Mahoney (2nd Unit Director).

Star Wars: Episode IX will open in theaters on December 20, 2019.