Oscar Isaac – Pilot Poe Dameron
Oscar Isaac plays Poe Dameron who is a Resistance pilot that is committed to defeating the First Order. He believes in the Force and he can be a little reckless in wanting to prove that he is a leader and a hero.
Oscar explains that Poe also has swagger and confidence that comes from people that can soar above everyone else and do many things at once like fighting a fighter jet, getting into dog fights and being so close to the edge of death. Those experiences definitely influence how he operates in the world. The character of Poe Dameron changed so much from what originally was there when J.J. Abrams and he first met to ultimately what ended up on screen.
The first Star Wars movie Oscar saw in the theater was Return of the Jedi and as a kid it blew him away, he’s been a huge fan ever since. His family is full of Star Wars fans and every time a new film would come on they’d throw themed parties and memorize the fight scenes. For Oscar Star Wars always represented coming together as a family and having a great time.
Oscar auditioned for the part of Poe Dameron and then met J.J. Abrams. A few weeks later he took pictures next to Daisy Ridley (Rey) and read with John Boyega (Finn). He completed a couple of scenes and then went back to his hotel in London. A few hours later he heard that he landed the part and he blasted the Star Wars theme and I grabbed the shampoo bottle and started using it like an x-wing.
Lupita Nyong’o – Pirate Maz Kanata
Lupita’s character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens has pretty much been kept a secret. What we do know is her character is CGI and her name is Maz Kanata, she is a pirate that owns a bar.
Lupita met J.J. Abrams to audition for a role that she suspected to be for Star Wars during the week of the Oscars when she was nominated for an Oscar, the whole experience was a whirlwind. She doesn’t really remember much about the audition but a few months later, while in Morocco, she received a call from J.J. He told her about the character and asked if she was interested.
She wanted to see the script so they flew someone to Morocco with the script for her to read. It took her about 2 1/2 hours to read it but she was immediately intrigued. Motion capture was something that she was interested in doing because it offers the actor a unique opportunity to play something that’s not limited by their physical circumstances.
When she signed on to play Maz, her character was still going through development. She was excited to be part of the conversation and help develop the early stages of the character. Since Maz is a CGI character they worked on her for a long time, to finally see the film and to see what became of her was bizarre. She’s never seen herself like that in another body all together. She said that it was strange to see her character onscreen for the first time, she had a lot of mixed emotions because she was seeing it as a fan but also had memories of shooting the scenes.
When she stepped onto the set for the first time she finally realized that she was a part of something that will continue to go down in history. She looked around at the very expansive sets and there was so much detail taken into the creation of every single thing, the textures, the colors. She felt like she was on another planet.
After seeing the film Lupita felt like it was a continuation of the Star Wars saga. She explains that J.J. kept the integrity of the world that George Lucas created while managing to integrate new technology and new story lines, it works effortlessly together. She said that it’s a beautiful visual experience and a moving story. The fans of the franchise will be very happy and the new fans will be equally thrilled by this amazingly creative world.
Read more about Star Wars on my blog:
- Secret “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Press Event
- Harrison Ford Talks About Stepping Back Into Han Solo’s Boots
- Exclusive Interview with Rising Star Daisy Ridley (Rey)
- Exclusive Interview with John Boyega (Finn)
- 7 Spoiler Free Things You Need to Know About Star Wars: The Force Awakens
- Kathleen Kennedy is More than Just a Mom
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer
Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk are producing with Tommy Harper and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. The screenplay is by Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt.
The film opens December 18, 2015!!!
Visit the official STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS website.
Disclaimer: I was invited by Disney and LucasFilm to cover the StarWarsEvent for 5 Minutes for Mom and all expenses were paid for but all opinions are my own.