Late last year, we saw the final Star Wars film in the third official Star Wars trilogy, which I know is as confusing as trying to decipher what R2-D2 is saying, so I’m very sorry about that. Basically, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker pretty much wrapped up all the stories created by George Lucas’ Star Wars prequels and sequels. It’s done! We know what happened to Luke and Leia and Chewy and all those crazy puppets – they lived happily ever after (or…dead, depending on the character). For example, here’s what happened to Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron. He ended the trilogy looking hot and serious and (sadly) not getting space-married to Finn. Poe’s story is done, and so is Oscar’s time with Star Wars. Well, at least for the time being. There is one thing that could pull him back into the galaxy far, far away, and it’s money.
Indiewire reports that Oscar recently appeared on a virtual Deadline panel to talk about his upcoming movie, The Card Counter, which had to be shut down in the middle of March with just five days of shooting left, due to COVID-19. The Card Counter, which is directed by Paul Schrader, is a much quieter, less family-friendly film than the last three Star Wars films he appeared in (he plays a gambler and former soldier). He’ll also appear in Dune, which is scheduled for release later this year. But after that, Oscar says he’ll focus on scripts that more closely resemble The Card Counter.
“It’s not really what I set out to do. What I set out to do was to make handmade movies, and to work with people that inspire me…I’m not alone, obviously. [For] every actor of a certain generation, those are the films that made them who they are, so that’s certainly my case. It feels like for me a personal turning point and that, as far as I’m concerned, it has nothing to do with the finished product. It’s the process of doing this.”
And Oscar will only answer the phone about Star Wars in the event he wants a new house.
“I enjoyed the challenge of those films and working with a very large group of incredible artists and actors, prop makers, set designers, and all that was really fun.” Does Isaac’s renewed creative spirit working on indies and art films mean he won’t ever return to the Star Wars franchise? “Probably, but who knows. If I need another house or something.”
Oscar’s agent clearly gave him the time-honored Hollywood lesson of only accepting a project if it fulfills you creatively or increases your wealth portfolio (aka The David Cross Paradigm of Employment Shame). But now if he does sign on to a future Star Wars movie, we’ll know it’s only because he’s got a real estate’s phone number saved in his phone’s contacts. If Oscar wants to avoid that kind of tail-between-the-legs embarrassment, he should think of a way that he can use his Star Wars connections to make money without having to act in another film. Basically, he should claim he forgot something on set at the end of filming, find the Baby Yoda puppet, and sell it to Werner Herzog for easy money.