Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens was a pretty bright affair, but apparently that won't be the case for the upcoming Episode VIII.
In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Oscar Isaac shed some light on what fans can expect from his character Poe Dameron in the upcoming movie, teasing a "dark second chapter" for the sequel trilogy.
When discussing the film with the magazine, Isaac had this to say:
"In the new film, there's a lot more to do. What happens now is the heroes get tested. All three of them [Poe, Daisy Ridley's Rey and John Boyega's Finn] 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."
His comments come less than a week after fellow Star Wars actor John Boyega told Variety that director Rian Johnson has a darker and bigger take in store for Episode VIII.
A darker story would be a big change of pace from The Force Awakens, which established the new status quo of the series with a relatively light, nostalgia-tinted adventure. It would also find Episode VIII serving a similar function as The Empire Strikes Back from the original series. That film pushed Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia to their limits, with a downbeat ending that found the core cast separated. With Isaac's repeated references to the cast getting tested, it sounds like similar events could be in store.
Star Wars: Episode VIII hits theaters December 15, 2017, so fans have more than enough time to debate what a darker story might mean for their favorite characters.
What do you predict will happen in Episode VIII? Is it good for the movie to be inspired by The Empire Strikes Back? Let us know in the comments below.