Oscar Isaac, who will play the resistance pilot Poe Dameron in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” was on Late Night with Seth Meyers discussing his role in the movie.
Turns out Isaac is a big Star Wars fan, which is usually a good sign. While preparing for his role as an X-wing pilot, Isaac asked Harrison Ford, who is a real airplane pilot (as we learned from his recent accident), for some advice. Ford’s response is classic Hollywood:
Everyone is being tight lipped about the movie, but we may have learned something about Dameron’s origins. In talking to the Associated Press, Isaac, connected his birth country of Guatemala with the filming George Lucas did there for “Star Wars: A New Hope.” The forest and Mayan ruins stood in for Yavin 4, a rebel base that helped launch the Battle of Yavin and the destruction of the first Death Star.
“I think that Poe Dameron is from that planet … and that’s a beautiful coincidence,” said Isaac.
In the extended universe (now non-canon) Yavin 4 also served as base of operations for Luke Skywalker to regrow the Jedi. So that’s a possibility too.
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” opens in theaters Dec. 18.