Oscar Isaac Reveals Letter Written By Obi Wan Actor Alec Guinness
Oscar Isaac has read aloud a letter by Alec Guinness, star of the original Star Wars trilogy in his role as Obi Wan Kenobi, at the London event Letters Live. The letter was written whilst he was filming the 1977 movie Star Wars: A New Hope to his friend Anne Kauffman.
According to Isaac, the letter said that he thought the dialogue for Kenobi was ‘rubbish’ and he complained saying ‘can’t say I’m enjoying the film.’ Talking of fellow actor Harrison Fordin the role of Han Solo, he said he was a ‘languid young man’.
Before reading the piece, Isaac jokingly said that he wouldn’t attempt an accent.
The letter said:
"New rubbish dialogue reaches me every other day on wadges of pink paper, and none of it makes my character clear or even bearable.
[I’m off to the studio to work with] Mark Hamill and Tennyson (that can't be right) Ford. Ellison? No! Well a rangy, languid man who is probably intelligent and amusing."
Others who appeared at the event were Sophie Hunter, Louise Brearley and Benedict Cumberbatch who read a letter by Mark Twain.
Star Wars: Episode VIII is set to be released in 2017 seeing the return of Isaac as well as actors Daisy Ridley and John Boyega.
A new actress is set to join the crew also by the name of Billie Lourd. She’s currently known for Scream Queens and Billionaire Boys Club alongside being Carrie Fisher’s daughter. She could be seen slightly in the Resistance base scenes in The Force Awakens and on the red carpet for Scream Queens last night she confirmed her return for Rian Johnson’s Episode VIII.
“Yes, [I will be returning]” Lourd said. “I can’t say much about it but yes. i am working on Star Wars VIII but that’s allI can say.”
She also said that her next role will play a bigger part as she was a little hard to spot during Episode VII.
“Oh yeah, yeah,” Lourd told us. “The last one was a little Where’s Waldo-y.”
The first photo from the set of Episode VIII was recently released as well which you can see above.
The photo doesn’t reveal much but confirms that they have begun production. This particular scene apparently comes straight after Solo’s death where the crew of the resistance fighters have returned to the Starkiller base in order to break the news. One of the main issues people had with this scene was that Leia seemed more concerned with Rey opposed to Chewbacca when they have a far longer relationship.
“That was probably one of the mistakes I made in that,” Abrams said. “My thinking at the time was that Chewbacca, despite the pain he was feeling, was focused on trying to save Finn and getting him taken care of. So I tried to have Chewbacca go off with him and focus on Rey, and then have Rey find Leia and Leia find Rey. The idea being that both of them being strong with the Force and never having met, would know about each other — that Leia would have been told about her beyond what we saw on-screen and Rey of course would have learned about Leia. And that reunion would be a meeting and a reunion all in one, and a sort of commiseration of their mutual loss.
“Had Chewbacca not been where he was,” Abrams added, “You probably wouldn’t have thought of it. But because he was right there, passed by Leia, it felt almost like a slight, which was definitely not the intention.”
You can catch Star Wars: Episode VIII in theatres on December 15, 2017.