Gary Oldman is looking to star in a Marvel production. In the 10 years the Marvel Cinematic Universe has existed, it has attracted its fair share of award-winning and seasoned actors such as Jeff Bridges, Anthony Hopkins, Robert Redford, Kurt Russell, Angela Bassett, Forest Whittaker and Cate Blanchett, all playing significant roles in telling every superhero story in the franchise. Considering its massive popularity, widespread acclaim and consistently impressive box office turnouts, it’s understandable why many want to board the film series, including Oldman.
The 59-year old is no stranger to the superhero genre, having experience playing Commissioner Jim Gordon in all three installments of Christopher Nolan’s acclaimed Dark Knight trilogy. Starring Christian Bale as the Caped Crusader, those films are considered some of the best DC Comics adaptations ever made, but now Oldman could be looking to join the ever-growing list of actors who have been in movies for both DC and Marvel, if his latest comments are any indication.
Walking on the red carpet of the Screen Actors Guild Awards where he belatedly won his very first SAG hardware for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for his work in Darkest Hour, Oldman caught up with PEOPLE and was asked what other roles he may still have in his to-do list. The actor candidly said that he wants to do star in a Marvel film because his kids are dying to see him one. He then took the opportunity to send a hint at the company saying: “Marvel hasn’t called me. But now that you mentioned it, if they’re tuning in, my son wants me to!”
With the MCU looking to turn a new leaf as they end their 22-movie narrative via next year’s Avengers 4, it’s hard to come up with feasible speculations which character from the company’s rich library Oldman can play if the Kevin Feige and his team decide to call him up. However, with the actor’s ability to morph into any role given to him (case in point: Darkest Hour‘s Winston Churchill), Marvel Studios would know it’s pretty much a sure thing that he will knock it out of the park. With his wide acting range and ability to do so much even with a limited screen time, we presume that it’s not too difficult to find a gig for the veteran in the massive franchise. One of the more popular options from fans is perhaps the actor taking on the role of Daily Bugle’s J. Jonah Jameson in Tom Holland’s Spider-Man franchise.
Starring in a Marvel film will add another blockbuster franchise to Oldman’s long list of acting resume. On top of brilliantly playing Commissioner Jim Gordon in The Dark Knight, working on Dawn of Planet of the Apes, the second installment from Matt Reeves’ franchise, he has also appeared in three out of the eight Harry Potter films (Prisoner of Azkaban, Goblet of Fire, and Order of the Phoenix) as Sirius Black. While a part of the credit on how he remains to be a fan-favorite despite only starring in a few films from the franchise is due to J.K. Rowling’s writing, it was the English thespian’s performance that effectively brought that character to life.
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