Exclusive: Oscar Isaac Returning In Damon Lindelof Star Wars Movie

Our sources have told us Oscar Isaac is returning to the role of Poe Dameron in Damon Lindelof's Star Wars movie, and the film will be darker in tone than most.

By Michileen Martin | Published

Earlier this week we found out Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof was busy developing a Star Wars movie in secret. Now our trusted and proven sources have reached out to inform us that sequel trilogy veteran Oscar Isaac is reprising the role of Poe Dameron for the upcoming Star Wars project. They’ve also told us the movie will be darker in tone than the sequel trilogy and more along the lines of 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and the Disney+ series Andor.

The news that Oscar Isaac is returning for Lindelof’s chapter of Star Wars matches up with the report we received that at least one other sequel trilogy star, Daisy Ridley, is on her way back. We exclusively reported this week on Ridley’s return to the franchise, as well as Regina King (Watchmen) being in talks for an undisclosed role. With both Isaac and Ridley confirmed, it would seem Lindelof’s film will be the first in the franchise to chronologically go beyond The Rise of Skywalker.

Of all the major players in the sequel trilogy, the news of Oscar Isaac’s return to Star Wars is the least surprising. Back in August during a SiriusXM interview, Isaac made it clear he was open to a return to the franchise. Not to mention that Isaac didn’t seem to experience the same kind of toxic fan fervor that co-stars like Ridley, John Boyega, and Kelly Marie Tran had to endure.

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John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Chewbacca, and C-3PO in The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

What’s frankly much more surprising than the news of Oscar Isaac in another Star Wars movie is the word that Lindelof & co. will take a darker tone. On one hand, darker fare worked well for the franchise with entries like 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back and the more recent Rogue One. On the other hand Andor — in spite of being the best thing Star Wars has put out in years — is apparently suffering record low streaming hours compared to other Disney+ projects from the franchise.

Perhaps the determining factor is the delivery — dark Star Wars movies seem to do well, while so far darker shows are underperforming. It’s also interesting to note that the film Oscar Isaac and Daisy Ridley are set to appear in may very well be a standalone, like Rogue One. In Deadline‘s initial report, only one film was discussed, with no indication a new trilogy was being developed by Lindelof.

Oscar Isaac’s continuing presence in Star Wars should help keep him a regular presence in blockbuster and streaming hits for years to come. Along with the vast universe George Lucas created, Isaac is now not only a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Moon Knight, but the voice of Miguel O’Hara aka Spider-Man 2099 in Sony’s animated Spider-Verse films.

If there’s one group of fans who may not be happy to hear about Oscar Isaac’s return to Star Wars, it’s gamers. For a growing number of years Isaac has been attached to play Solid Snake in a Metal Gear Solid film adaptation. This return to Star Wars may be seen as yet one more thing keeping the Metal Gear Solid movie in development limbo.

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