Oscar Isaac May Never Work With Disney Again After Calling Out the Company as ‘Overlords’
Oscar Isaac and John Boyega have both recently gone on the media record, saying some surprisingly critical things about the new Star Wars trilogy. The risks they took doing this is almost as edgy as the battle sequences played out in the finale of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Perhaps the metaphors are a little too paralleled considering some of the comments Isaac has said about Disney lately.
What is it that had him and Boyega complaining about the last Skywalker Saga film? Based on what Isaac recently called Disney, there’s a good chance he may not work with them again. Then again, in a world where transparency is better for everyone, Disney may just choose to accept it.
Will Disney be upset at Oscar Isaac calling them Overlords?
All of the brouhaha started when Oscar Isaac wanted the relationship between Poe and Finn to be forward-thinking in LGBTQ representation. Otherwise known as “StormPilot,” a gay relationship between the two was nixed by Disney when Isaac appealed to them to let this storyline happen.
In interviews during the The Rise of Skywalker press junkets, Isaac called Disney executives “overlords” in shooting down the Finn/Poe as romantic partners idea. How this made Disney executives feel isn’t known, but it’s a tad shocking in a time when actors are still fired for saying something even hinting at a snub against a major corporation.
Many might say it was brave of Isaac to go up against Disney and call them a term many would like to say out loud to the press. On the other hand, it might not have made Disney flinch at all knowing they have the power on any cinematic final word. They also know Isaac probably won’t be back as Poe any time soon, at least in a Star Wars movie.
Does this really ruin any potential chance of Isaac working for Disney ever again? Or does he prefer working for other studios as he’s done before his Star Wars turn?
In today’s more honest times, it may not affect anything
The thought of an actor being blacklisted in Hollywood after badmouthing a major studio probably doesn’t exist as much now as it did in earlier decades. Had any actor said such a thing about Disney 60 years ago, Walt Disney would have likely shunned the actor from ever entering the studio doors again. Based on his influence, it could have meant an overall Hollywood blackballing as well.
Today, studios may not bat an eye in a time when celebrities are more open and honest thanks to social media. Some might argue this is a more refreshing method of PR rather than stifling how a notable really feels.
Because this is also a more politically active era, someone like Oscar Isaac fighting to bring more LGBTQ inclusion would be looked at as a heroic move. Disney is still set in their traditional ways, and there may be a feeling from them they can just agree to disagree without disrupting ever working with a particular star.
Since Poe Dameron is arguably now as iconic of a character as the original trilogy characters, it’s likely audiences will see him again in something. Or, maybe they feel like he had a full arc. Whatever will happen, even Isaac himself said recently he’s open to playing the part again, no matter if it’s several decades away.
Will Oscar Isaac work for Disney again in any other capacity?
There’s no way to know how serious Disney executives took his above comments. With 22 years of film and TV credits, Isaac’s association with Disney and Star Wars has already expanded to TV and video games. He even cameoed his voice in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse at Sony.
Next, he’ll be in the big movie remake of Dune, which is entirely Warner Bros. and not Disney. Before this new Star Wars trilogy, he never worked for Disney, perhaps making the association one not quite fitting from the start.
No matter what happens, Poe Dameron is now iconic in cinematic lore.