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Will Oscar Isaac Be The First Latino Jedi?


Last Friday the world went completely insane for the new teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the 7th film in the storied science fiction saga. In it we see Guatemalan-born Oscar Isaac piloting an X-Wing fighter. It’s my favorite shot of the whole trailer. It literally made me choke up. It would be hard to overstate the impact that Star Wars has had on my life. I’m 37 and the original trilogy dominated my childhood. It’s also what made me want to become a filmmaker and writer. But the one thing that’s always made me sad is the lack of Latinos in the Star Wars galaxy. In the original trilogy, there was only one person of color, Lando Calrissian as played by Billy Dee Williams. When I first saw The Empire Strikes Back I was three and couldn’t say his name. I Hispanicized it by calling him Carlos Lissian. I also called R2-D2 Arturito, true story. I was so desperate for someone like me on the screen.

The lamentable prequels has a LAtino in them in the form of Jimmy Smitts playing Bail Organa. That’s great and all but I want a Latino Jedi. It looks like I might be getting my wish for Christmas next year. Several sources have said that Oscar Isaac plays a “force sensitive” that needs to be trained by Jedi master Luke Skywalker. I cannot tell you how happy it would make me to see a lightsaber in the hands of a Latino…even if it isn’t me. Hey, there is still two more movies after this one. Maybe I’ll get cast?

 

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