Recently, Disney managed to prise the Star Wars Empire from George Lucas’s grasp for the mere sum of $4 billion and have announced that they plan to make a regular rotation of films from 2015 onwards.
This is very good news for all of you that thought the prequel trilogy, which was overseen by Lucas and may have been a step too far in the Star Wars lore, may have just been a little on the rubbish side.
It also means that between now and the time that filming officially commences, there will be lots of rumours flying around regarding casting and which actors exactly will be entering into the Star Wars franchise.
First up to the bat is the brilliant Sir Derek Jacobi, who rather fancies the idea of getting a big franchise under his belt. Speaking on Radio 4’s Front Row, the actor talked about the fact that many of his peers in the industry already have their franchise done and dusted and it’s about time that he got his:
“I’d like to do my big franchise movie. Ian’s got his Gandalf and his X-Men; and Pat Stewart’s got his Star Trek; and Gambon’s got his Dumbldore [Harry Potter]. They’re running out of these old men, you see. I have to be the next one!”
Quite frankly, we cannot imagine anyone better than the Master himself to lend Star Wars the kind of acting weight that it’s been lacking in the past few films. It also helps that Jacobi is a master of his art, with roles ranging from the Master in Doctor Who, heavyweight films such as Ridley Scott’s Gladiator and his new BBC sitcom Last Tango in Halifax which also stars Anne Reid (Smith and Jones) and a whole host of other familiar Doctor Who faces. The Star Wars universe needs him.
Let’s hope that Sir Derek’s application gets through to the producers!