Martin Freeman says he's definitely interested in appearing in a Star Wars movie, if he was given the opportunity of course. In the U.K., Freeman was initially known for playing Tim Canterbury on the original version of The Office, but it wasn't until he played Dr. John Watson in BBC's Sherlock TV series that he garnered worldwide fame and recognition. Plus, playing Bilbo Baggins in New Line Cinema and Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy must have helped a bit. And now, he has brought his acting skills to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Freeman first appeared as Everett K. Ross, the MCU's Deputy Task Force Commander of the Joint Counterterrorism Center, in Anthony and Joe Russo's Captain America: Civil War in 2016. And he's reprising his role in Ryan Coogler's 2018 film, Black Panther. In the new film, Freeman stars opposite his former Hobbit co-star, Andy Serkis (who most recently wrapped up his role as Supreme Leader Snoke in Lucasfilm's Star Wars sequel trilogy). Since the two actors were paired together for Black Panther's press interviews, the topic of Star Wars was bound to come up sooner or later.
In an interview with JOE, Martin Freeman was asked if he was interested in joining the Star Wars franchise, to which he said: "Well, of course. Of course, I'd be." What's even more interesting is that he was actually once considered for a Star Wars role, though not directly. "No, not directly. Indirectly, yeah. I had a chat with the folks a few years ago. But no, it’s been at the right thing. Yeah, there are other British actors that they prefer to me."
Considering how expansive the Star Wars franchise is, it's hard to tell which character Lucasfilm considered Freeman before. But since he says he had "chats" with them a few years ago, it stands to reason that the role was most likely for either Gareth Edwards' Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (perhaps as Director Krennic?) or Rian Johnson's Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi. Otherwise, if he was talking about potentially appearing in J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, then "a few years ago" would need to mean 2013/2014 at the latest - and that was a while ago.
Regardless of which character Freeman was considered for, he's certainly an actor that could do well in the Star Wars franchise. And since Lucasfilm is planning multiple Star Wars projects after Abrams' Star Wars: Episode IX hits theaters, there are plenty of opportunities for him to appear.
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: Episode IX (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019