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“Star Wars VII” – Oscar Issac’s Journey To A-List

05.1.2014 | By |

All speculations have finally been put to rest as the official cast for “Star Wars: Episode VII” has finally been revealed, and boy are we excited! John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow and one of our favorites, Oscar Isaac, will join the original Star Wars team: Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker.

The word EPIC, doesn’t even begin to describe the marvel that this new film is set out to be. The awaited relaunch is being manned by Disney and J.J. Abrams who will definitely go big since they have huge shoes to fill, the film also combines the classic with the new school through their choice of roles therefore pleasing older fans and attracting new ones, and of course the best piece of news, Oscar Isaac – one of the most prominent up-and-coming actors, if not the most – has been casted in the awaited film.

The addition of Isaac speaks not only of the actor’s great talent, but of the fact that he is clearly on his way to stardom and will soon be part of the Hollywood A-list – a huge achievement for Latinos!

But how exactly did he go from an unknown to establishing himself as the one to watch in what seems such a short time?

Well, it’s actually been a process at least 12 years in the making. Before the Guatemala-born star broke out in 2013 as the titular lead in the Coen brother’s helmed film Inside Llewyn Davis, he started where a lot of actors begin, in drama school. From 2001 – 2005 he attended Julliard, time during which he got a small part in “All About The Benjamins.”

Once graduated, slowly but surely he began booking roles. In 2006 alone he went from doing an appearance in “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” to landing his first major film role as Joseph in “The Nativity Story.” Since then he’s also played an interpreter in “Che: Part One” (2008), had role along-side Leonardo DiCaprio in “Body of Lies” (2008), co-starred with Rachel Weisz in “Agora” (2009), played José Ramos-Horta in “Balibo” – which earned him Best Supporting Actor from the Australian Film Institute, portrayed King John in Ridley Scott’s “Robin Hood” (2010), went on to co-star with Albert Brooks and Ryan Gosling in “Drive” (2011), among other roles.

Just in 2014 he wrapped up work on “Two Faces of January” alongside Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst, “Mojave” co-starring Mark Wahlberg, “A Most Violent Year” with Jessica Chastain, “Ex Machina,” and now shooting “Star Wars: Episode VII” – one of the biggest, well known and most loved franchises – will be the cherry on top of 2014 that will catapult him to stardom in 2014.

What do you think of the Guatemalan actor’s feat? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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