Exactly 10 Years After Gary Oldman Turned Down Star Wars: Episode 3, He Has Been Asked Again for a Role in Star Wars: Episode 7.

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While discussing with Sky Movies his latest movie Robocop, actor Gary Oldman revealed that “they (probably Disney) have called him” about a role in the new Star Wars movies…


This is not the first time Oldman’s name is connected with Star Wars.

If you remember during the filming of Episode 3 it was reported that Oldman was fired from the movie. However it turned out that Gary quit out of support for the Screen Actors Guild, since this film violated his unions rules. The film was being made outside of the Screen Actors Guild, so all union actors technically are not allowed to be in it.

Then Oldman’s spokesman said: 

  “Gary was excited and looking forward to working on the film. The snag is that the movie is being made without members of the Screen Actor’s Guild. It means Gary would have been working illegally overseas. Out of respect and solidarity with the other members, he could not and would not consider violating the rules of his union.” 

Hope he gets it this time. He is one of my favorites and really a great talent. His role in Leon was one of the best villain roles ever.

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56 thoughts on “Exactly 10 Years After Gary Oldman Turned Down Star Wars: Episode 3, He Has Been Asked Again for a Role in Star Wars: Episode 7.

  • February 6, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    He will play Grand Admiral Thrawn.

    • February 6, 2014 at 3:00 pm

      He will play Thrawn *waves hand.

    • February 6, 2014 at 3:26 pm

      No, he won’t…What, you think you are some kind of Jedi waving your hand around like that?

    • February 6, 2014 at 9:22 pm

      Thrawn isn’t going to be in the movie.

    • February 7, 2014 at 2:15 am

      He will play Dutchess Thrown – as in Overboard, with a thong butt shot and all.

  • February 6, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    he is a class actor plays a bad man very well in Leon plus stawars written for us brits

    • February 6, 2014 at 4:43 pm

      Darth Meany-head

    • February 6, 2014 at 4:44 pm

      oh wait I’m thinking of somebody else oh i killed the joke im sorry

    • February 7, 2014 at 4:21 pm

      Darth Father. Oh wait, we’ve had one of those for decades.

    • February 8, 2014 at 6:17 pm

      Or, Dark Laser.
      Definitely a good Dark Laser.

  • February 6, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    Darth Smiley?

  • February 6, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Darth Gordon!

    Honestly, I think he will make a great addition to SW!

  • February 6, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Gabriel Byrne was tied to ep2 for a while, he’s add some weight. Rutger Hauer would be amazing too.

  • February 6, 2014 at 3:34 pm


    • February 20, 2014 at 6:00 pm

      Actually I can see that. He would make an excellent Gilad Pallaeon.

  • February 6, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Oldman as Jorus C’Baoth would be awesome as well..

    • February 6, 2014 at 4:52 pm

      are people still ignoring the fact episode 7 won’t be anything to do with the EU..?

    • February 6, 2014 at 5:22 pm

      AnonymousFebruary 6, 2014 at 4:52 PM
      You must be ignoring the recent news because we’ve been informed that EpVII will be barrowing concepts from the EU. Maybe not the same characters or plot points, but very similar.

    • February 6, 2014 at 5:50 pm

      Seriously??? You´re calling rumours for news now??? The EU stuff is NOT happening, so just drop it already.

    • February 6, 2014 at 6:15 pm

      I don’t think JJ and disney would just throw all the amazing EU characters out of the star wars universe and pretend those things never happened.. Maybe alter the timelines but that would hopefully be the only thing they alter. For all we know JJ could be an EU fan as well?

    • February 6, 2014 at 6:53 pm

      It wouldn’t really be “throwing it out” if Disney chose not to include specific material from the EU. Those stories are a world of their own. With the ST, they’re trying to build on the story that the films have established.

    • February 6, 2014 at 7:13 pm

      “You must be ignoring the recent news because we’ve been informed that EpVII will be barrowing concepts from the EU. “
      …Like I said before, are people really ignoring the fact we’ve been TOLD that it will be an original story? They wouldn’t just pick and choose stuff from the EU. And if they at all are indeed interested in anything from the EU, they’d only use it as influence when they create the ORIGINAL STORY, which we have, I repeat, have been told is happening.

    • February 6, 2014 at 7:18 pm

      That doesn’t mean they won’t barrow any concepts from the EU whatsoever. The Solos will certainly have children and Luke will have started the NJO. They may not use the exact same characters, planets, plot points or threats, but they will be very similar.

    • February 6, 2014 at 7:18 pm

      we’ve been informed that EpVII will be barrowing concepts from the EU-
      Oh do excuse me, I must not have realised. So, when did Disney announce this? Oh they didn’t announce it? Oh, sorry, when did Lucasfilm announce it? .. They didn’t? Oh ok then.

    • February 6, 2014 at 7:21 pm

      “That doesn’t mean they won’t barrow any concepts from the EU whatsoever.” Um.. Using a character from the EU, Jorus C’Baoth, is a lot more than simply ‘borrowing a concept’.

    • February 6, 2014 at 7:32 pm

      I never suggested that they’d be using Jorus C’Baoth… You’re all completely missing my point. Just forget it, it’s not worth providing any explaination to fans who are too narrow minded to understand.

    • February 6, 2014 at 8:47 pm

      I’m just pointing out that all this talk about the EU and backing it up because of some rumours is just silly. Open minded and being logical are completely different things..

    • February 6, 2014 at 8:57 pm

      I wasn’t saying it was for sure or trying to back it up at all. I was making a point that it’s equally likely at this point that the EU will or will not be included. I’m sorry if my above comments were at all misleading.

    • February 6, 2014 at 9:24 pm

      The movies will be following Lucas’ outlines. Period.

      Since the EU is an expansion of what Lucas creates, it’s highly unlikely that much EU material will show up in the Sequel Trilogy.

    • February 6, 2014 at 9:37 pm

      I’m afraid I agree about the fact that it isn’t likely, but when we know that Abrams have been talking with Timothy Zahn, i like to think that the villain would at least be a chiss grand admiral who has been building up a powerfull fleet and seeks to “restore order” in the galaxy.

    • February 6, 2014 at 9:38 pm

      Timothy Zahn approached Lucas in the 90’s asking what his vision of the post-ROTJ story was and based the Thrawn trilogy off of that vision.

    • February 6, 2014 at 9:41 pm

      I’m not saying Zahn’s Thrawn Trilogy was exactly what Lucas had in mind, but it was based on Luycas’ vision. That gives Abrams enough reason to borrow concepts from certain EU material. At this point, it’s foolish to try and proove whether or not the EU will be referenced, but it’s not a far fetched suggestion.

    • February 6, 2014 at 10:04 pm

      Some of the characters in the new continuity will be based on EU characters. That doesn’t mean that EU stories will be used in the new movies. We’ll have a chance to discuss this in an article I’m preparing for next week. Jedi Digger shared something really interesting and quite shocking for me. Although there are some signs about it on the web for some time now…

    • February 7, 2014 at 1:49 pm

      Why would they bother redefining canon if that were’nt the case?

    • February 7, 2014 at 3:28 pm

      People assuming 0% of the EU will appear, despite evidence to the contrary, like Rebels using COMPNOR, and the EU heads being promoted.

      People assuming 100% of the EU will say, purely because they want it to, ignoring the impracticality of it.

      Reality = Somewhere in-between.

  • February 6, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Who was Oldman supposed to have played in Episode III?

    • February 6, 2014 at 4:24 pm

      I’m not sure, but it’d be interesting to see him play a role in Star Wars. Possibly a senator or some political figure? I cant see him with a lightsaber.

    • February 6, 2014 at 4:27 pm

      I had read in another article that he was supposed to be the voice of Gen. Grievous.

    • February 6, 2014 at 4:34 pm

      I could totally see him with a lightsaber in some kick ass jedi robes

    • February 6, 2014 at 4:45 pm

      I don’t know what he would play but I can’t see him being a Jedi to be honest. Maybe a sith or a general villain or something

    • February 7, 2014 at 4:36 am

      Anonymous @ 4:27pm is right, he was going to br the voice of Gen Grievous

  • February 6, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    can disney or someone please just confirm something, anything, I don’t care what it is which fans it effects or who’s playing what, I just want someone to come out in the open with us and say so and so is definitely in the movie or so and so is definitely not in the movie, so all the actors can stop beating around the bush when asked questions by reporters!

    • February 6, 2014 at 5:56 pm

      Don’t hold your breath. There won’t be any official announcements for a while. The film won’t be released for almost 2 years…

    • February 6, 2014 at 7:08 pm

      We’ll at least get casting announcements soon. Look what Carrie Fisher said recently. “Fisher says she, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill are expected to report to work in March or April.” Which likely means that she’s been told that it will be announced in March or April that she, Mark, and Harrison will be confirmed to the public that they are cast. And I’m guessing they will want to film little videos like they did with John Williams. Hence the “expected to report to work in March or April”. I’m guessing Disney wanted to prolong their announcement so they had time to get in shape before they were presented to the public in the announcement. Then as we know, JJ confirmed that actual filming begins in May. So in at least three months we’ll know our cast. They wouldn’t keep the cast a secret when filming has started.

    • February 7, 2014 at 3:35 pm

      Besides all of that, there is the fact that they tend to announce casts together. That would require getting the cast in one place, I think.

      If that rumor about needing to cast 2 leads still is correct, that is yet another reason.

  • February 6, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Fassbender and Oldman would be epic. Weaving as well? Insanely awesome. I wish it were true but… you know how it is.

  • February 7, 2014 at 5:00 am

    Imagine if he was cast as Talon Karrade…

  • February 7, 2014 at 10:05 am

    This, now, this would make me Squee. He is soothing, just like Mark.

    With all of these rumored cast-members, probability suggests that the results will spark Yaoi fanfiction by the thousands.

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