Of the major Hollywood stars working today, Leonardo DiCaprio may be the most averse to tentpoles with franchise potential. The actor has certainly had his share of hits, but aside from an appearance in “Critters 3,” DiCaprio hasn’t appearance in any sequels.
So what gives, Leo? MTV News’ Josh Horowitz asked him whether it was a calculated decision during a press day for his new film, “The Great Gatsby.”
“It’s never really a conscious effort, and it’s not something I’d be closed off to doing,” DiCaprio said. “It’s always a matter of how good the material is, and to tell you the truth, I’ve never really chosen projects just to switch up genres or try something that I’ve never tried before.”
DiCaprio’s criteria for picking new material doesn’t exclude sequels and franchise material as a rule, so what properties would get him excited? Well, the first mention of “Star Wars” had the actor giddy with excitement.
“I’m a huge ’Star Wars’ fan, a huge ’Star Wars’ fan,” DiCaprio said. “[Abrams] is an unbelievable choice. I think he’s going to destroy it. I cannot wait to see what he does.”
Since he had once been considered for the role of Anakin Skywalker in the prequels, would DiCaprio ever take a role in the new trilogy? “I’m probably a little too old,” he said. “I’ve got to play an older Chewbacca or something like that or a tall Yoda.”
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