Oscar Isaac on his role in ‘Star Wars’: ‘I could not be more excited’

New cast member opens up about working on franchise with director J.J. Abrams

Oscar Isaac, who is among the actors recently cast in the new Star Wars movie, has spoken for the first time about what the role means to him.

Inside Llewyn Davis actor Isaac spoke to The Sunday Times about the movie, which will be directed by J.J. Abrams and sees him appear alongside fellow newcomers Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson and Andy Serkis as well as original stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill.

“I could not be more excited to be a part of the Star Wars saga. It still seems hard to believe,” says Isaac. “Star Wars is a huge part of my family. Collecting toys, throwing themed parties. We had a big one for Return of the Jedi. I came as a gonk droid.”

Isaac is also keen to back director, J.J. Abrams, stating that he believes him to be the man to make big udget movies interesting, “There are some big movies that are quite good. And interesting, and have interesting stories. I think one person in particular is JJ, JJ Abrams. He makes really good stories. He puts a lot of heart into them. They don’t feel like they’re just exploitative.”

He continues: “I think there are a lot of different films you can be surprised by, and that have the element of the unknown and I think it is very important. It’s very important. That’s why I do understand some secrecy with certain films, not wanting to let it out.”

The seventh installment of the much loved franchise has begun shooting at London’s Pinewood studios ahead of a December 2015 release. Disney recently suggested they will release at least three Star Wars spin-off films in the next 10 years in addition to the three they have already committed to making.