Fans can expect the next installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy to feel a little looser and more “alive” than previous efforts, as director J.J. Abrams is reportedly allowing more improvisation from the actors on set.
Actor Oscar Issac (Poe Dameron) explained the change in an interview with IndieWire, stating that the production for the still-untitled Episode IX felt easier and under less pressure than The Force Awakens or The Last Jedi.
“The way they’ve been shooting it right now is looser than it’s been for the last two times,” he said. “It does feel like a relief to get on set and feel like, ‘Oh, we can try things.’ It’s a testament to J.J. coming back and feeling confident. There’s less pressure for it to be right. We just want to make a good movie and have a really good time while doing it.”
He went on to call the production “Cassavetes in space,” but added that improv came easily to the cast during this third go-round.
“Often, you do feel like you’ve got to find your way to make something more alive, but this time, it’s been the opposite,” he said. “There’s no need to smuggle anything in there.”
Directed and co-written by JJ Abrams, Star Wars: Episode IX stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Keri Russell, Matt Smith, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams, and Carrie Fisher, with Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant. It is scheduled to open on December 20, 2019.