Oscar Isaac — boyfriend of the internet, inescapable actor and generally handsome chap — adorns the cover of Rolling Stone this month, clutching his Boston terrier Moby, just in case there was anybody in the world who didn't already adore him.
While the dog gave solid diva face, Isaac took the opportunity to discuss [Star Wars: Episode VIII](tag:711868), dropping a few teases without actually spoiling anything, even though the entire internet is positively begging to be spoiled with something, anything, concrete on the Rian Johnson blockbuster.
Check out what Isaac had to say about Episode VIII:
"What happens now is the heroes get tested. All three of them. [They] get tested immensely. BB-8's doing all right. BB-8 gets tested too! Everybody gets tested! It's the dark second chapter, but not really dark."
On the surface, it would be easy to draw comparisons between Episode VIII and The Empire Strikes Back — in that film, Darth Vader and the Empire pursue Luke Skywalker, which won't exactly sound unfamiliar to anybody who saw The Force Awakens this past winter.
Empire also dived deeper into the darkness at the heart of the Star Wars story, which is the same direction you'd expect Episode VIII to take in the wake of Han Solo's death at the hand of Kylo Ren.
In the months after The Force Awakens' release, one prevailing theory among the Star Wars fandom has been the idea that Rey will begin to feel the pull of the dark side, while Kylo Ren repents toward the light. Rey's dark urges, although only hinted at during her confrontation with Kylo in the movie, are stated more factually in print in the novelization that accompanied The Force Awakens:
"Kill him," a voice inside her head said. It was amorphous, unidentifiable, raw. Pure vengeful emotion. So easy, she told herself. So quick.
She recoiled from it. From the Dark Side.
For Finn and Poe Dameron, being tested presumably refers to the idea of being at war, dealing with the loss of a brave friend, and finding some kind of tactical advantage over a vast enemy with immense strategic planning experience.
But for Rey?
Rey's test might be something much bigger: To control that vengeful rage inside of her while resisting the allure of the dark side, where vengeance can be gained without sacrificing any ideals.
Of course, Isaac's words probably didn't intentionally hint at that scenario, but given that the cast are basically not allowed to say anything for fear of a visit from the Disney Grim Reaper, they could be read as a tease — if you're thirsty enough, which I am.
Star Wars: Episode VIII will hits theaters December 15, 2017. Before then, check out: Everything We Know About Star Wars VIII.