You may not have expected it 10 years ago, but Gary Oldman has kind of become the king of the big-budget franchise movie. Now, anytime I think about Sirius Black, I can only imagine Oldman. The same goes for Commissioner Gordon. But in 2014, he has already done “Batman.” He did “Harry Potter.” There’s only one place in the blockbuster realm for Oldman to go…
…to a galaxy far, far away.
It’s hard to figure out exactly what Oldman meant during a junket interview for “RoboCop” when he said “They’ve called” when asked about joining “Star Wars,” but it’s easy to get the impression that there have been some actual conversations about him being cast in “Episode VII.”
“I’m more cynical about it now. I believe it when I’m on the plane home, you know. The deal isn’t done. But yeah, they’ve inquired,” Oldman told Sky Movies in a recent interview. “I mean, ’Planet of the Apes’ and ’Harry Potter’ and ’Batman’ and ’Star Wars’? Bloody hell.”
What does that mean?!? Tell us, Mr. Oldman! Are you going to be a Sith lord or not?
Obviously, none of this is confirmation of anything, aside from the fact that someone called Oldman about “Star Wars.” Is it “Episode VII”? Who can say? Does this mean that his reps are currently negotiating his role as the lead villain? That’s wild speculation, but I like where your head’s at.
The real question is when are we going to hear any actual casting news about “Episode VII”? There’s been plenty of news about meetings and auditions, but nothing has come of any of that talk. The movie, according to Disney’s CEO, is still scheduled to open in December 2015, but we can’t point to a single actor and say with total certainty that he or she will be in “Episode VII.”
Oldman’s talk of inquiries is the closest to actual casting news that we’ve heard outside of the very likely return of Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Cary Fisher, but at this point, it almost feels like J.J. Abrams is waiting to unveil his entire cast all at once. Right?
“Star Wars: Episode VII” is scheduled to open in theaters on December 18, 2015.