Inside Llewyn Davis star Oscar Isaac has talked about his involvement in the new Star Wars movie to nzherald.co.nz.
Isaac, who was acclaimed for his performance in the title role in last year's Coen brothers 1960s folk music drama, has been cast in the seventh movie in the sci-fi franchise.
Speaking from London where he is promoting his latest release, the film noir Two Faces of January, Isaac laughed when asked how his lightsaber lessons might be going.
"Well we're definitely preparing . The end of the month I start with Star Wars."
Predictably, Isaac wouldn't say what character he would be playing in the new incarnation - "I can't say a word" - which is the first to be directed by J.J. Abrams.
The 35 year-old is a Star Wars fan from way back. He went to Star Wars parties as a kid dressed as a Gonk Droid, a minor trashcan-like robot in the films' canon which only really required he paint a cardboard box grey and wear it.
And no, his early Gonk Droid experience didn't get him the job from Abrams.
"No, he didn't know that."
So you are not actually a Gonk Droid in this one?
"I can't say anything."
But you would have played a Gonk Droid in this one had you been asked?
"I would. A very dramatic Gonk Droid."
Isaac was more expansive when asked what was going through his mind at the time of the recently released photo of Stars Wars cast old and new gathered with the director for a script read-through.
"Just what a joy it is to be there. How exciting it is to see Peter Mayhew [Chewbacca] and Anthony Daniels [C3PO] and Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher - these childhood icons reprising their roles again. And to be in the room and listen to the first time they engage out loud again.
"It's an incredible moment. I was just so enthusiastic and happy I was asked to be in that circle. It was amazing."
The full interview with Isaac will appear in a forthcoming issue of TimeOut.
Meanwhile, Carrie Fisher is excited about her
return, even if she can't say much about it.
The 57-year-old actress said she would ''get in trouble''' for discussing
Star Wars: Episode VII
Fisher appeared at a party on Wednesday celebrating her mother, Debbie Reynolds, whose collection of Hollywood memorabilia is up for auction this weekend.
Fisher said it's "trippy'' to make a sequel 35 years later.
Fisher's last Millennium Falcon voyage was 1983's Return of the Jedi.
The original Princess Leia did reveal that she was asked to lose weight for her upcoming role, saying "they hired me minus 35 pounds (15 kilograms)".