Oscar Isaac’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi character may be masterfully skilled and highly confident pilot with a leather jacket, but the actor has downplayed any parallels Poe Dameron has with Harrison Ford’s iconic rogue, Han Solo.
When the new trio of protagonists (Poe, Rey and Finn) for the Star Wars sequels was revealed, fans naturally tried to compare them to Star Wars protagonist trifectas of the past. The original trilogy had Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia, while the prequels had Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Padme Amidala.
We now see Rey as the equal to the Skywalkers, possibly having her lineage from that family. From the beginning, Poe has drawn comparisons to Han Solo, but as Isaac tells Esquire, this isn’t exactly a one-to-one comparison.
“Well, there could be [an opening for a Han-like character], but I think what [The Last Jedi director] Rian [Johnson] did was make it less about filling a slot and more about what the story needs. The fact is now that the Resistance has been whittled to just a handful of people, they’re running for their lives, and Leia is grooming me — him — to be a leader of the Resistance, as opposed to a dashing, rogue hero.“
To Johnson and Isaac, the similarities are quite minor. Han Solo was a criminal with a heart of gold, while Poe Dameron skips straight to the heart of gold. Solo reluctantly found his way into the Rebel Alliance, but Dameron has a fiery passion for the cause of the Resistance. And as Isaac says, Poe is being groomed to be a leader, a role that Han found himself in by circumstance. Poe was born to be a rebel (literally born on the Rebel base in Yavin 4), and Han was a rebel by accident.
Hopefully for fans of the character, Poe will take on a larger role in The Last Jedi, which looks to be heavily Rey and Luke-centric from the promotion of the film. Poe had an essential part in the opening of The Force Awakens, and the beginning of Finn’s own character arc, but was sidelined for the entire second act of the film and re-emerges out of nowhere in the middle. Despite having this new “protagonist trio,” Poe and Rey have yet to share any lines of dialogue with each other. We still have two more movies in the trilogy to watch with the characters of Poe, Rey, Finn and Kylo Ren, so we have plenty of time to judge how they will fare next to the most legendary characters in the Star Wars saga.
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