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Star Wars Episode 8: Oscar Isaac says movie feels like 'an independent film'

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We’re now at the point where every new morsel of information on Star Wars: Episode VIII is precious. Luckily, Oscar Isaac just provided some to the Los Angeles TimesSpeaking to the paper about his role in the upcoming blockbuster X-Men: Apocalypse, Isaac said that director Rian Johnson’s take on the galaxy far, far away is already far different than anything that has come before.

“Rian is definitely going to places and investigating things that haven’t really been done in the ‘Star Wars’ universe,” Isaac said. “For me, it’s so fun getting to explore different things that I wouldn’t have expected in this universe … 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.”

Isaac certainly knows his way around independent films, having previously starred in movies like Inside Llewyn Davis, Ex Machina, and Drive. So, too, does Johnson, whose debut feature Brick blended classic noir storytelling with a downscale indie sensibility. No movie with Star Wars’ budget could ever feel completely like an indie film, but Isaac seems to be indicating that Johnson’s take will be just as creatively maverick as his other projects. 

Speaking of Episode VIII, Princes William and Harry are having a lot of fun on the film’s set today