As the Star Wars franchise achieves greater and greater success, its list of illustrious cast members has grown as well--what started with Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford has expanded to include such prestigious figures as Max Von Sydow, Laura Dern, Benicio Del Toro, and Richard E. Grant, to name a few. This week, another major actor joined the list of those interested in Star Wars: British actress Emma Thompson.
Thompson admitted her interest in the franchise in a Wired Autocomplete Interview conducted with Mindy Kaling in promotion of their upcoming film Late Night. In the interview, Kaling and Thompson answered the most commonly Googled questions associated with their names--and when one queried whether Thompson had been in Star Wars or not, the actress responded with an emphatic “No!”
“I actually really like Star Wars,” she said, saying that her agent had apparently lobbied for her to appear in a recent film in the franchise, to no avail. "[But] I'm not in Star Wars because they don't want me to be in Star Wars," Thompson added.
Kaling, for her part, said that she could imagine Thompson as a mentor figure to a young Jedi who would appear at a climactic moment. Thompson, on the other hand, suggested a different idea: “I could be Jabba the Hutt's handmaiden. He’s fun. That could be fun to be in. I could squeeze those frogs for him.”
For our part, we’d love to see Thompson in either of those roles--and while we are excited to see Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker when it hits theaters on Dec. 20, we’re also captivated by the concept of Thompson squeezing frogs for Jabba the Hutt.