We’re all the more inclined to believe that she wasn’t exaggerating now, after months of potential casting selections and unsubstantiated rumors for the upcoming Star Wars installment – with everyone from award-winners Judi Dench (Philomena) and Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) to TV actors Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad) and Matt Smith (Doctor Who) having been name-dropped in connection with the ongoing casting process for Episode VII during that time.
The latest name to add to the growing pile is Gary Oldman, though as you can see in the Sky Movies video interview above (hat tip to Cinemablend), this “tip” doesn’t come from a secondary source and/or anonymous insider – rather, the actor has confirmed that he’s been approached (“called,” to be exact) for Episode VII.
No surprise, the lauded actor kept his mouth shut about his chances of actually coming aboard for Episode VII, as he acknowledged that “I’m more cynical about it now… I believe it when I’m on the plane home.” On the other hand, as Oldman went on to admit in the interview, with roles in world-famous movie franchises like Harry Potter, The Dark Knight, RoboCop and Planet of the Apes now under his belt, his resume is quite mind-boggling. So, really, why shouldn’t he go ahead and add a Star Wars movie to the list?
So, what Episode VII role might Oldman be (or have been) in consideration for? Well, at 55, the actor is a bit old for the “40-something military man” – a character described as being similar to Matt Damon in Elysium and potentially the role that both Ejiofor and his 12 Years a Slave costar Michael Fassbender have been considered for – though, on the other hand, it’s difficult to label any role as being completely outside the wheelhouse of the master chameleon actor.
You might remember that last year an Episode VII cast breakdown leaked, which (in addition to the “military man” and young male/female leads) mentioned a “seventy-something male, with strong opinions and tough demeanor.” Another fair possibility for Oldman is the film’s villain, who could be anything from a Sith Lord to a militaristic leader of the lingering remnants of the Galactic Empire (a la Grand Admiral Thrawn, from the Star Wars Expanded Universe literature).
If nothing else, can we all agree that if Oldman does sign on for Episode VII, the final result should be far better than his most recent collaboration with former Air Force One costar Harrison Ford (returning as Han Solo) – last year’s corporate thriller bomb, Paranoia?
Star Wars: Episode VII is scheduled to open in theaters on December 18th, 2015.