JJ Abrams' sequel is shooting on film with real sets
Oscar Isaac has revealed that director JJ Abrams’ Star Wars sequel will feature the return of the Empire’s fighting force, the Stormtroopers.
Star Wars: Episode VII sees a return to traditional filming techniques allied with CGI.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly Isaac revealed: “Everyone’s having a really good time. JJ sets that tone. There’s a lot of enthusiasm and it’s being done with a lot of heart. There’s nothing cynical about the way we’re doing this. Even in the way he’s shooting it – he’s shooting on film and actually building the sets, so you’ve got hundreds of Stormtroopers or whatever, and hundreds of extras and all the ships. You actually see it. It’s all real. Everyone can interact with the world.”
Asked about the film’s tone Isaac, whose character is yet to be announced, added: “I’m constantly looking for a cheesy line to say to harken back to the old ones. No, what they’re trying to do and what’s really great is JJ’s been loosening it up a little bit and trying to make it alive and energised. It’s not formal. They’re messy, energised people. We’ve all intentionally tried to do that. Just make it a little more fiery and messy.”
After supporting roles in Robin Hood and Drive, Isaac won acclaim last year for his performance skills in the Coen brother’s folk music drama Inside Llewyn Davis.
His most recent film, the thriller The Two Face of January, also stars Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst and is available now on DVD and Blu-ray.
In other Star Wars news, C3PO actor Anthony Daniels has revealed his droid character will appear in Episode VII without the use of CGI trickery in the action scenes.
Meanwhile, a set picture has been leaked that shows Adam Driver wearing an X-Wing fighter pilot’s uniform. Various reports had speculated the Girls actor would be playing a villain but the image suggests he may not be fighting for the dark side of the force.
Last week JJ Abrams’ released the first official look at the Millennium Falcon. Watch his video below. Star Wars: Episode VII will be released December 18, 2015.