‘Star Wars 7′: Tom Hiddleston is Interested But Ben Affleck Won’t Direct

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Now that the world has come to terms with the fact that there will be a Star Wars Episode 7 coming in 2015, who will be entrusted with its story and direction is the main question. George Lucas and producer Kathleen Kennedy have narrowed the list of possible directors to a select few, with familiarity and love for the existing series a priority. Considering how influential the original films have been for an entire generation(s) of filmmakers, the list is expected to carry some heavyweights.

But it looks like Ben Affleck won’t be among them, as the praised director of Argo has refuted any claims that he’s being considered, or is even interested in the job. While Affleck may not be chasing a role in the next chapter of the Star Wars film universe, a certain Disney villain – Loki himself, Tom Hiddleston – is taking the proposition very seriously. Perhaps Thor’s misguided brother could become a good guy after all?

In all honesty, it’s hard to get any sense of what Disney and Lucasfilm are thinking in terms of directors at this point. A short list may have been rumored, but nearly every fan-favorite or ‘genre’ filmmaker is being discussed as a potential franchise-overseer. Ben Affleck may not have always been a name that came to mind when ‘young, new and qualified directors’ were brought up, but times have changed (read our Argo review).

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Unfortunately, Affleck isn’t interested in the job, as he explained in an interview with MTV. Laughing off the suggestion, Affleck still maintained that he’s one of many Hollywood filmmakers and actors looking forward to Episode 7, but will be enjoying the films as a moviegoer:

“I’d be too busy worrying about how the action figures would look for each character to direct the actual movie. I’d be like, ‘Oh, we’ll just reshoot the movie with the action figures.’ It’s very exciting that they’re going to make more, I have to say. There might be purists who are opposed to it, who knows…but I think it’s a very cool thing and I’m excited to go see the movie.”

Affleck’s comments may have been in jest, but he does hint at some of the unforeseeable challenges with giving a movie franchise to a director who is already incredibly invested from a fan standpoint. It’s the exact reason that J.J. Abrams felt able to breathe new life into the Star Trek series and take it in a new direction – he wasn’t a Trekkie beforehand. An unfamiliar director will be harder to find when the series in question is as iconic as Star Wars, but Affleck can obviously understand Abrams’ name being tossed around by fans:

“J.J. would kill it. J.J. would crush it. He’s spectacular, but he would be great at anything. There are a lot of good directors out there. Naturally I would be inclined to get somebody who’s great at telling stories. You’ll never be able to recapture the story that was the initial three, because it’s just so legendary and iconic. I don’t know, I’m glad I don’t have that job. It’s a tough decision to make.”

We’d have to agree that Disney and Lucasfilm would do well to pursue a director who is praised foremost for storytelling rather than action, genre, or ‘indie’ mystique. We do know that Academy Award-winner Michael Arndt has already penned Episode 7 (and apparently drafted treatments of an entire trilogy as well). Luckily, Disney has supported Marvel’s decisions to place their superhero films into the hands of a few directors who are no strangers to writing themselves. Hopefully the same priorities are at play here as well.

Of course, not everyone will have to be saddled with directing a potential trilogy of sequels in order to take part in whatever story Arndt has crafted. If it’s too early to call a director for Episode 7, then it is far too early to discuss casting (and no, we’re not talking about Han Solo or Darth Vader). But at least one actor Disney currently has at their disposal has already proven himself in the realm of gods and goddesses; would a role in the next Star Wars be the next logical step?

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We’re speaking of course of Tom Hiddleston, known to worldwide audiences as Thor’s somewhat wrathful brother, Loki. Anyone who saw this summer’s Avengers knows how strong an antagonist Hiddleston brought, and his role in the Marvel movie universe is set to grow even larger with the upcoming sequel, Thor: The Dark World. Could that experience as a villain audiences love to hate find a new home within the next franchise being developed by Disney?

Hiddleston responded to the question in an interview with DigitalSpy:

“Goodness, I hadn’t thought of that. I mean, yeah, sure. I’m a HUGE fan, especially the first three…so absolutely, yeah. It would depend on the story and the character and things, but maybe people would associate me too closely with Loki. I hope not. Kathleen Kennedy is a filmmaker of such extraordinary experience and wisdom, and is one of the best producers I’ve ever, ever worked for. She just knows her way around the medium, and the art form and the industry. So I’d take it very seriously if they asked me.”

We won’t put the cart before the horse, but with Kathleen Kennedy having worked with Hiddleston on the WWI era War Horse, and his growing popularity among both fans and internally at Disney, this is one comment that seems justifiable in building some excitement. We wouldn’t recommend taking this as anything but personal comments from Hiddleston, but there’s no denying the fact that Disney is fond of the British actor, and with Loki’s role in Marvel’s ‘Phase Three’ still unknown, it’s possible he has some free time approaching. Time that Disney would obviously rather see spent with them, than not.

Fans comparing a potential Star Wars role to the Avengers villain is a fair concern (even if Loki’s villainous ways might be changing come Thor 2), yet there’s nothing that says Hiddleston would be courted for the role of antagonist in Episode 7. If the films do decide to follow a new generation of Solos or Skywalkers, then seeing an actor as acclaimed and recognizable as Hiddleston cast would do much to stall the inevitable comparisons and backlash.

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Most of all, the two qualities Hiddleston claims informed his performance as Loki – looking for depth in a character that could have been seen as flat, and taking his role one step at a time without thinking of the ‘franchise’ – would be just as important for the main characters in Episode 7.

What do you think of Hiddleston for a potential role in Star Wars Episode 7? Does it seem to be a case of dream casting, or too far-fetched to believe? Sound off in the comments.

Star Wars Episode 7 is set for release in 2015.

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Sources: MTV, Digital Spy

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  1. THRAWN

    • Let it go, they’re not going down that route.

    • Id actually like to see michael fassbender as a villain and tom hiddleston as the good guy who is trying to find him self

      • lol ^

      • The cause of that would be devastating, ovaries exploding everywhere.

        • *result

      • I actually really agree with this! Apparently Michael Fassbender is playing in the new Assassin’s Creed movie, though.. This should be good :P

  2. Do eet!

    Seriously, Hiddleston would be great, and I’d especially enjoy it if he played a “good guy”.

  3. Senator or secret Jedi Master that teaches a new generation is what I’m thinking.

    Someone important across a trilogy at least.

    • I definitely strikes me as a Senator or someone important.

      • Hopefully they’ll leave the politics out of this trilogy.

  4. if hiddleston cut his hair hes a dead ringer for starkiller :D

    • He does have short hair, he appeared on the stage again in Shakespeare immediately after The Avengers with his regular short brown haircut.

    • The army guy that was in the mist is definately a dead ringer for starkiller imo.

      • That’s because he is the actor and model for Starkiller. But I hope it’s something new. A new trilogy of a new generation. As for a director I’d like to see Joe Johnston direct. He worked on he series before and has close ties to George and directed Captain America for Marvel and Disney. I mean the guy did visual effects for the original trilogy. He already has a deep history with it, so I say why not.

        • He also had a hand in creating Boba Fett. He’s not a bad suggestion, I’m not huge on Jarassic Park 3 but that movies problem certainly wasn’t the direction.

      • An even better actor for Starkiller would be the guy who played Doomsday in Smallville.

        • I hope you’re being a smartass, because that’s the same dude that was in The Mist. Sam Witwer. I think he was also in Battlestar Galatica at some point.

  5. Am I the only one aware of this in relation to Tom Hiddleston and Star Wars???

    http://www.thenerdpocalypse.com/2012/11/recast-star-wars-prequel-trilogy/

  6. Tom Hiddleston is one of the best and charismatic actors of his generation. I can see him doing a jedi in Star Wars, a role like Luke Skywalker`s heir.

  7. 2 words, Darth Nihl. Hiddleston = Nihl

    http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Darth_Nihl

    • Yes sir.

  8. they should just get joss whedon to write and direct eps 7-12 …and star in as Luke Skywalker’s secret offspring Chaz Skywicklers.

  9. I think Ben Affleck is a great director but he wouldn’t be my first pic for Star Wars, good to know he’s really excited for it though.
    Now for the news that made my night Hiddleston in Star Wars, i loved Hiddleston as Loki he’s a great actor and almost always delivers, and he is boss as Loki. I’m all for him in a Star Wars movie but i don’t see him as a bad guy i actually see him playing Luke! Which is strange but i think he would just own it, please correct me because i’m confused with every article that i read on this movie, do they plan on using the same characters from the original (and awesome) trilogy but recasted by younger actors? Or are they using a new group of characters? If any of you know please inform me thanks.

    • New trilogy = new characters but we don’t know if older characters will return played by their original actors just yet

      • Thanks man. Sounds interesting Luke could training Jedi

  10. Starting to think, some directors do not want to Touch Star Wars, for fear of being the one that messed star wars up.

    ala Bathman and Robin.

    • Agreed. Honestly none of the names mentioned for the past weeks have excited me save for(wincing from expected onslaught from my comment) Joe Johnson. I like the guy. I think with a good script coupled with his work on the original trilogy,he helped to create and design Boba Fett among other things,he could be a solid choice.

      • Star wars was messed up with the prequels. directors should see the opportunity to revive

        • Yes! That’s what I’m talking about. If I was a director with enough experience and credentials, I would not hesitate a second. Making a good Star Wars film should only be difficult in the sense of “it’s so hard to decide between all of the different, great potential story material.” Then again, if the screenplay is already written, that confines things a bit…hopefully in a good way.

  11. Hiddleston would be great in this. He was one of if not the best actor in Avengers; very underrated IMO. I’d love to see him in the new Star Wars, even as a good guy.

    • Hiddleston was the best actor in avengers by 12 parsecs!! And will be fantastic in this

  12. Hiddleston would be great at playing the pull between the dark and light side of the force. He was great as a sympathetic well developed villain in Thor, not so much in the Avengers, but in Thor his struggle between good and evil made for a wonderful performance.

  13. Again i say if they are gonna recast Luke i vote Hiddleston all the way. If your Recasting Han i vote Denzel Washington. I’d like to see Luke develop a love interest we never really got to see that in the originals.

  14. Hiddleston… somebody needs to give this guy an Oscar!

  15. Considering DISNEY owns AVENGERS and STAR WARS, having Tom Hiddleston in both is not so far fetched.

  16. So long as he’s not the bad guy, I enjoyed Avengers too but let’s try and think outside the box people.

    • I think I agree with Moog I really liked The Avengers and love Tom Hiddleston but I don’t always see him as the bad guy in a movie, I can see him as a good guy to.

  17. … and Kathleen Kennedy has just confirmed they don’t just plan on making a new trilogy, but hope to make “two or three” further ‘Star Wars’ films A YEAR, concentrating on different characters, before having them all team up in an ‘Avengers’-style extravaganza movie… remember this day folks as the day that ‘Star Wars’ officially died; no longer can it be referred to as a mere saga, it’s now a money-grabbing, corporate-driven, shareholder-beholden FRANCHISE, this will be a day long remembered, it has seen the end of a saga and will soon see the end of whatever shred of artistic credibility ‘Star Wars’ had left (and it wasn’t much)…

    I’ll have my beautifully remastered/restored and anamorphic DVD box set of the original Trilogy’s theatrical versions please, after that, I’m out of the ‘Star Wars’ game, it’s been killed stone dead…

    …’Star Wars’ is dead, long live ‘Star Wars’, ’nuff said.

    • One article said the following:
      “…despite reports to the contrary on the internet (the actual article isn’t online yet), Kennedy herself wasn’t quoted as saying she wants two-to-three ‘Star Wars’ films a year but that Disney employees are quoting her as saying she wants two-to-three Lucasfilm films a year”.

      Let’s wait until real confirmation before freaking out.
      But it kind of makes sense that they’d want to take the Marvel route (making 2-3 Marvel movies a year) since it worked out so well for them before.

      Still, that many Star Wars movies and I’d start to lose interest after a little while and would probably only rent the non-central movies (as opposed to see them in the cinema) – unless they had really good reviews.

      • But Disney have already explicitly stated they plan to release a new ‘Star Wars’ film every two or three years even after the new trilogy… let’s face it, it’s about the money now, the prequels may have been fatally flawed but they were (at least in theory) the other half of the story, these new films are so clearly not part of any greater story, except the story of Disney’s increasing dominance of the entertainment market!

        The saga began with ‘Star Wars’, continued with ‘The Empire Strikes Back’, and concluded – CONCLUDED – with ‘Return of the Jedi’… period, full stop, end of story, ’nuff said, and I don’t think I’m alone in that sentiment.

        • I remember hearing a while ago that there were plans to do 3 trilogies, so it’s not like it’s a brand new idea. Here’s a different quote for you from a certain online encyclopedia that talks about even more than that planned from the beginning. Feel free to check it for sources if you like:

          “Mark Hamill has stated that Lucas told him in 1976, while filming Star Wars in Tunisia, that four Star Wars trilogies were planned. Lucas suggested Hamill could have a cameo role in Episode IX, which might be filmed in 2001. A Time magazine story in March 1978, quoting Lucas, also contained the assertion there would be 10 further Star Wars films after Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. Gary Kurtz was also aware of proposed story elements for Episodes VII to IX before 1980.”

          They make Bond movies every few years and no one seems to be complaining about them. Same with other Marvel character movies.

          I think 2-3 every year is too much, but one every 2 or 3 years isn’t so bad. Star Wars has been about the money anyway since episode 6 – just look at how much merchandising Lucas did with it.

          In any case, I’d just wait to see how it turns out. If they movies aren’t so great but they keep churning them out anyway then it would be a travesty and an obvious cash grab and I’d be with you that they should stop. However, if they’re good movies and stay true to the vision of Star Wars, then I wouldn’t think it’s such a bad thing.

          • So far, there have been 6 live action SW films in 35 years. I have been hoping that they would make more. If they are good, then by all means, make money off of me.

            Also, as someone who has read 30+ Expanded Universe novels, most of them set *after* Return of the Jedi, I can easily accomodate the concept of the continuing story, even if they do not use any of that written material for the new stories. The SW universe has plenty of room for more.

            • I agree with you 100%. we need more live action movies. I really wish they would start with the books especially the Legacy of the Force and Fate of the Jedi series

        • You make movies to make money all the time. Duh.

  18. He’d make a great Jedi :)

  19. Yeah I could see him play on either side of the equation of good vs evil perhaps even both over three films. I think he would be a good start to any ensemble cast, I just hope they can make for an interesting and entertaining show. This whole thing has gestated for a long time if it doesn’t deliver a lot of suffering will be in store for the big gamblers at Disney and Lucasfilm…

  20. I dont think tom hiddleston created a villain people love to hate i think he created a villain people just cant help but love.

    • for me at least i cant help but root for the guy. Joffrey on the other hand from game of thrones is a villain you love to hate

  21. actually samuel witwer was the actor for starkiller

  22. Tom Hiddleston would be great in the new trilogy. I can see him play a myriad of roles. Maybe he could a military officer from the remnants of the empire(like Thrawn, and all imperials were British like him), a wise and noble jedi master, or even a political figure in the new government. I cannot picture him as a scoundrel like a bounty hunter, a pirate, a mobster, or a smuggler and because of that he would be perfect for a role like that. Since the best characters are the ones you don’t expect.

  23. I would be very interested in seeing a movie that would take us back in time….way back. I would love to see how Emperor Palpatine/
    Darth Sidious became the evil person he is. I mean, he was once a Jedi Knight, right? As the story goes he mentored under a Dark Lord…
    I think Tom Hiddleston could pull this off with ease!! He plays both good and bad to perfection!

    • Palpatine was never a jedi, he became a sith apprentice early in his life(assuming that the EU is cannon), but before that he was just a student of politics and the son of a noble family in Naboo. If you want to know more about his back story I recommend you read the Darth Plagueis book, its good and it makes you look at the prequel trilogy in a new light.

      • Firetiger, thanks for the correction. I will have to read the book you recommend. Still, I think it would make for a great movie. :-) (starring Tom Hiddleston, of course)

  24. Tom Hiddleston has always impressed me. He’s a great actor, excellent person, and a very humble guy. Reading interviews with him over the years, has lead me to believe this guy will do an excellent job at whatever role he is asked to play. He is just pure quality. The new Star Wars trilogy would be better just for having him in it. Excellency choice.

    • Well said, Stark!

  25. why antagonist–out of his Loki gear he is a tall good looking blonde and looks nothing like Loki–and he can act across most roles –he recently played Henry Vth /Prince Hal in th Hollow Crown series and wa severy inch the hero-why is it that it is always assumed that English actors willbe villain.He has played detective ad period the handsome lead in period dramas why assum ehe would only be up for a role as a villain.

  26. For some reason when I think of Tom and Star Wars the first thought that came to me that he would be a great soldier or diplomat or something like that.

    It would be really fun if he played a good guy, maybe a dark good guy. And seriously when Tom is blond (or even has a beard) he looks so different from Loki. So if the character is not too similar I do not think that they would associate him with Loki. Tom would definitely do his best to make it unique and not similar to Loki.

    I say YES! 100 times yes for Hiddleston in Star Wars. He’s an amazing actor and the franchise would gain a lot with him.

    The fans love him, directors and producers too, critics also. Sounds like a win-win situation to me :D

  27. How about idris elba for thrawn ? If i remember thrawn was a black admiral.

    • Thrawn was blue, not black. Still if Thrawn ever makes it into the big screen, Elba could possibly pull him off. Although I’m not sure that I would like Grand Admiral Thrawn in live action, because there is a big chance they could and would alter him to much and that would be sad for such a good character.

  28. I bet she’s a web cam girl. Her neighbour has bigger boobs though so she gets more. And that site is probably a seller of implants.

    • Sorry, couldn’t resist. SR really needs a better spam filter or at least a report button.

  29. I don’t want Hiddleston anywhere near Star Wars. I -really- don’t get his praise for Loki in Avengers. To me he was just a bland one-dimensional villain who got screwed over. Give me Tom Hardy as Bane any day. Also, even though I’m a guy, I don’t get this vibe of attractiveness he seems to have, he seriously reminds me of that child kidnapper from Chitty-Chitty Bang-Bang, no joke. Star Wars deserves actors that aren’t cast just because they’re guaranteed squealing boys/girls (even though this was a somewhat similar case with Billy Dee Williams and Samuel L. Jackson when they were casted.)