It’s safe to say that the Star Wars revival is in full swing. Episode VIII – The Last Jedi hits theaters in December, the Han Solo Anthology film is coming next summer, and a full slate of films are planned for the foreseeable future. Star Wars has always meant exciting roles for both veteran actors and promising newcomers. A New Hope set the trend, casting British veterans like Alec Guinness and Peter Cushing against the film’s trio of young, fresh-faced leads. The pattern continues today as legacy actors Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher star alongside newcomers Daisy Ridley and John Boyega, while character actors like Adam Driver and Ben Mendelsohn make their marks with wider audiences in scene-stealing villain roles. Perhaps more than any other popular film franchise, Star Wars is providing fascinating acting opportunities for performers across the Hollywood spectrum.
As new films are conceived, planned, and greenlit into production, the folks at Disney are recruiting all kinds of hot industry talent for Star Wars. Some big-name Hollywood actors have even petitioned for Star Wars roles on social media, further heightening fan speculation and casting buzz. Star Wars is a uniquely beloved media property, and it requires a balanced approach to casting. The characters of Star Wars are some of the best-known faces in all of cinema, and therefore need to be betrayed by actors who can step comfortably in and out of our favorite galaxy far, far away. We’re here to lend a helping hand to the folks over at Disney’s casting department with 16 Actors We’d Love To See In Future Star Wars Movies.
16. Sharlto Copley
South African actor Sharlto Copley has made quite the name for himself as one of the most talented performers working today. Igniting the screen with a singular manic energy, Copley has stolen the show in action movies like The A-Team and Hardcore Henry, and brought life to modern classics like District 9 and Free Fire. There’s nothing Copley can’t do, which is why he’d be the perfect actor to cast in Star Wars.
Copley’s range opens up a world of casting possibilities within the Star Wars universe. His motion-capture performance in Chappie makes him the ideal candidate to follow in the footsteps of Rogue One’s Alan Tudyk and play a motion-captured droid. He’d also be great in a colorful villain role. Copley really shines as part of an ensemble, so whether he aligns with the dark or light side of the force, his presence would require rounding out the rest of the cast with great actors for Copley to play against.
15. Sarah Michelle Gellar
We could all use more Sarah Michelle Gellar in our lives. The former Buffy star has already lent her voice talents to Star Wars Rebels (alongside husband and series regular Freddie Prinze Jr.), so why not take full advantage of her on-screen talent and devoted fan base by giving her a meaty role in a live-action Star Wars film?
Since Buffy ended in 2003, Gellar has been a criminally underutilized actress in Tinseltown. Her recent stint on the canceled Robin Williams series The Crazy Ones was brief, but it served as a helpful reminder of how rare a talent she truly is. Casting her in a Star Wars flick is practically a no-brainer. Not only would Gellar draw in multiple generations of Buffy fans, she’d also bring the gravitas and spirit that that is now expected from a Star Wars leading lady.