New cast member confirms filming for next instalment begins at the end of May

Star Wars actor Oscar Isaac has said that director JJ Abrams approach to making the next instalment in the series of much loved films is “refreshing”.

The actor recently joined fellow newcomers Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson and Andy Serkis in the cast for Star Wars: Epsiode VII and spoke to Digital Spy about his enthusiasm for his currently unconfirmed character.

“There was about a month where I already knew that I’d been cast, before the announcement, so it was tough to keep it under wraps,” Isaac said. “But you know, secrets can be fun.

“I was a huge Star Wars fan growing up – my family collects the toys, and we had Star Wars parties where everyone would dress up as their favourite character.”

It is this enthusiasm both Isaac and Abrams are looking to translate onto the big screen. “JJ and I have just been talking a lot about the character – his enthusiasm and his collaborative nature are so refreshing in a movie of this size.”

The seventh installment of the much loved franchise has begun shooting at London’s Pinewood studios ahead of a December 2015 release. Original stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill will return for the film.

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.