Oscar Isaac Talks Star Wars 7 Casting

Ben Skipper
Oscar Isaac Talks Star Wars 7 Casting

Oscar Isaac, one of the seven new faces cast in 'Star Wars: Episode VII', has been talking about getting the part of a lifetime.

In an interview with The Sunday Times' Culture section on sale tomorrow (11 May) Isaac said: "I could not be more excited to be a part of the 'Star Wars' saga."

Isaac is one of many exciting rising stars joining J.J. Abrams' sci-fi sequel, alongside John Boyega, Domhnall Gleeson, Adam Driver and unknown Daisy Ridley.

[Doubts Cast On Kenny Baker's Star Wars Return]

"It still seems hard to believe," Isaac continued. "'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."

The Sunday Times' also spoke to the 35-year-old actor just two days prior to the big casting announcement, at which time he spoke highly of JJ Abrams.

"There are some big movies that are quite good. And interesting, and have interesting stories. I think one person in particular is JJ Abrams. He makes really good stories. He puts a lot of heart into them. They don't feel like they're just exploitive."

[Star Wars VII Gets A Production Codename]

He also defended the shroud of secrecy that envelopes some blockbusters, particularly those of Christopher Nolan and Mr Abrams.

"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."

So any journalist speaking to Isaac in the coming week probably won't be getting any juicy 'Star Wars' gossip out of him. Shame.

Isaac, Boyega, Driver, Ridley and Gleeson are joined by Max von Sydow, Andy Serkis and original series stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker.

'Star Wars: Episode VII' is set for release on 18 December 2015.

Ben Skipper is a London-based entertainment junkie whose favourite 'Star Wars' movie is 'Empire Strikes Back' (what else?) and who prefers to forget the prequel trilogy ever happened. You can follow him on Twitter @bskipper27.

More from this contributor:
Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher told to slim down
John Williams will score new Star Wars trilogy
Star Wars spin-off films to be 'origin stories'