Star Wars: Episode VIII is a very different experience than filming The Force Awakens, according to Oscar Isaac. The actor, who plays Poe Dameron, says comdirector Rian Johnson makes it feel like an "independent film," in contrast to J.J. Abrams' The Force Awakens.
"Rian is definitely going to places and investigating things that haven’t really been done in the Star Wars universe. For me, it’s so fun getting to explore different things that I wouldn’t have expected in this universe,” Isaac told the L.A. Times. "In some ways it feels like we’re making an independent film. Certain things we get to play with – this kind of intimacy that we get to find – it's special. It’s been really fun."
Johnson's previous directing credits include the films Looper and Brick, as well as episodes of Breaking Bad.
"Rian Johnson is a friend of mine — he's going to make some weird thing," said screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan. "If you've seen Rian's work, you know it's not going be like anything that's ever been in Star Wars."
The as-yet-untitled Star Wars: Episode VIII is set to hit theaters December 15, 2017.