Will Dominic Monaghan play a jedi in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII? Probably not, but the actor has talked to his LOST exec producer J.J. Abrams about appearing in the film.
“Give me a lightsaber, I’ll do anything.”
As expected, Monaghan also confirmed that the movie will feature unknown actors.
“We’ve talked a few times about it,” he said about a possible role. “(J.J. Abrams) said ‘We’re putting together a cast of unknowns. We want to follow the ’77 New Hope cast because obviously Harrison Ford wasn’t well known at that point, Mark Hamill wasn’t and Carrie Fisher wasn’t either.”
According to Monaghan, the director, whose also producing with Bryan Burk and Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy, doesn’t want a big star who distract audiences from the story.
“What he said was, ‘We don’t want to fall into that mistake of people going, ‘Oh, it’s that guy from that thing!’ and then you’re completely out of the Star Wars universe,’” he said.
Disney was tight-lipped about the upcoming Star Wars during its CinemaCon presentation on Wednesday. All Disney chairman Alan Horn said was that the film will be set “30 years after Episode 6″ and will feature a trio of young leads.
During his recent Reddit AMA, when asked what his dream movie to star in would be, he replied with two words: “Star Wars.”
Back in June, when asked if he was going to be involved in the upcoming Star Wars film, he replied: ”Well, I can’t answer that question. Ask J.J. Abrams, he’ll know.”
Star Trek director J.J. Abrams will be helming the next Star Wars movie. “It’s done deal with J.J.,” a source with knowledge of the situation told Deadline today. Argo director Ben Affleck was also up for the gig, the source says. Expected in 2015, Abrams’ Episode VII effort will be the first new Star Wars movie since 2005′s Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith. Michael Arndt is writing the script for the first installment of the relaunch of George Lucas’ franchise by Disney.
Abrams had previously declined the offer: “I quickly said that because of my loyalty to Star Trek, and also just being a fan, I wouldn’t even want to be involved in the next version of those things. I declined any involvement very early on. I’d rather be in the audience not knowing what was coming, rather than being involved in the minutiae of making them.”
A couple weeks ago, I saw this picture that Radio Pants Dance made (to say nothing of this video). Then I remembered this iconic picture. And then, since I don’t have Photoshop, I asked Chris Piascik to make the above image. I think it requires a deep level of nerdery to appreciate the multiple levels of this.
LOST x Star Wars x Muppets? Nice.