Doctor Who News Sir Derek Jacobi as the Master in Utopia

Published on November 21st, 2012 | by Meredith Burdett

A Master of the Empire?

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.

Sir Derek Jacobi as the Master in Utopia

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!

(via SFX)


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3 Responses to A Master of the Empire?

  1. avatar James says:

    There was more acting power in 5 minutes of Jacobi as The Master than all the rubbish they did with John Simm. For goodness sake re-cast the Master and bring back an older actor!

  2. avatar Simon The Diver says:

    the moment Jacobi became the Master was marvellous , the change in his facial expression said it all. Huge shame he didn’t stay the Master. Not that i’m knocking John Sims and what they did with him, but if they could have written the Master as well as Jacobi played him we’d all be saying “Roger who.. ?”

  3. avatar Andrew says:

    I want Tom Baker to get a part. He deserves a big movie franchise, but Derek Jacobi would be amazing.

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