Oscar Isaac Says Episode IX Deals with Leia in a ‘Beautiful Way’

He also says they are having fun filming the final installment

Oscar Isaac Says Episode IX Deals with Leia in a 'Beautiful Way'

Oscar Isaac has talked more to The Daily Beast about how the late Carrie Fisher’s Leia Organa will be featured in Star Wars: Episode IX considering she passed away before filming began. The production is using previously-unreleased footage shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens for her scenes.

Isaac says the ninth film in the saga will pay appropriate homage to Leia. “The story deals with that quite a bit,” he says. “It’s a strange thing to be on the set and to be speaking of Leia and having Carrie not be around. There’s definitely some pain in that.” He added that the film “deals with the amazing character that Carrie created in a really beautiful way.”

He also said that, compared to The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, “there’s a looseness and an energy to the way that we’re shooting this that feels very different. It’s been really fun being back with J.J., with all of us working in a really close way. I just feel like there’s an element of almost senioritis, you know? Since everything just feels way looser and people aren’t taking it quite as seriously, but still just having a lot of fun. I think that that energy is gonna translate to a really great movie.”

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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.

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.