Oscar Isaac On His Star Wars Casting And Abrams

Did you know the Llewyn Davis star was once a gronk droid?

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One of the most exciting names announced in the casting for Star Wars: Episode VII was Oscar Isaac, who wasn't even rumoured until the day of the announcement. But he's one of those actors we'll always go out of our way to watch, so he further boosts our already sky-high hopes for the film. The shoulda-been-Oscar-nominated star of Inside Llewyn Davis is largely on lockdown now as filming commences, but he has left a few words slip about his casting.

In an interview with The Sunday Times Culture section, which will be on sale tomorrow, the actor said, "I could not be more excited to be a part of the Star Wars saga. It still seems hard to believe. 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.”

He also makes it clear that he's keen on his director, J.J. Abrams, telling the Sunday Times two days before his casting was announced, “There are some big movies that are quite good. And interesting, and have interesting stories. I think one person in particular is JJ, JJ Abrams. He makes really good stories. He puts a lot of heart into them. They don’t feel like they’re just exploitive.”

“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.”**

In other words, don't expect to hear much more from him on the subject before Star Wars: Episode VII opens on December 18, 2015. That said, keep an eye on Empire for all your general news from a galaxy far, far away, and pick up the Sunday Times Culture section for more from Isaac, including his thoughts on his new film, The Two Faces Of January, out on May 16.