Tom Hiddleston On Whether Or Not STAR WARS VII Is In His Future
Everyone and their grandma has been rumored as being “in talks” for J.J. Abrams and Disney‘s Star Wars Episode VII. Star Wars is a cultural touchstone, so of course anyone who has ever stepped in front of a camera would love to have a part in the new trilogy. While a lot of actors have been rumored as being eyed for the film, only a very few have a chance of actually landing one of the highly coveted roles. One of those actors that has generated a lot of buzz is Tom Hiddleston. The actor has an impressive body of work, both stage and screen, but we all know him as Loki. In a recent interview about his new movie Only Lovers Left Alive, Hiddleston says his popularity as Marvel‘s god of mischief may hinder his chances of taking a trip to a galaxy far, far away.
Hiddleston was asked who he was rooting for at next week’s Bafta awards. He mentioned he would like to see his friends Chiwetel Ejiofor and Ewan McGregor win. Both men have been mentioned in Star Wars VII talks, with word being Ejiofor is one of those countless actors being eyed for a role while Ewan McGregor is rumored to be involved as Obi-Wan in either Episode VII or one of the upcoming spin-offs. That of course led to a followup question about whether Hiddleston is in talks for the highly anticipated film himself:
Well, that hasn’t happened yet. It’d be very flattering, of course. I did talk to Ewan about it once. When they asked if he wanted to be Obi-Wan Kenobi he said: “Are you joking? Of course!” But his experience didn’t live up to the promise. Besides, I imagine they’re looking for people who don’t have an association elsewhere. The audience need to believe in the character, rather than saying, “Oh look, Loki with a lightsaber!”
The actor’s comments make it sound like there may have been a word or two exchanged about the possibility, though it probably never got too serious. It’s interesting that he says McGregor‘s experiences didn’t “live up to the promise.” Maybe the actor told Hiddleston his time wasn’t enjoyable as we thought. That might be reading a little too much into Hiddleston‘s comments, but that sentence does jump out. Regardless, it seems that the Marvel connection will be a big hurdle for the actor to overcome if he wants a Star Wars VII role. Disney is in the Marvel business, so nothing is impossible right now. Hopefully we hear some official casting news soon. What do you think about Hiddleston‘s comments?
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Source : Time Out London