Gary Oldman being in Star Wars: Episode VII isn’t even remotely close to a sure thing. You can tell that because he’s talking about it. But still. Hyperventilating I’m hyperventilating I’m hyperventilating.
A Sky News reporter interviewing Oldman for the Robocop press junket contributed the to the time-honored (well, since 2013) tradition of asking every actor under the sun whether they might be in Star Wars: Episode VII. And his response… well, I’ll let Gary say it:
Oldman: They’ve called.
Interviewer: That’s as far as you can say?
Oldman: Yeah… 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. I mean, Planet of the Apes, Harry Potter, Batman, and Star Wars… bloody hell.
If you watch the video it’s clear that Oldman’s “the deal isn’t done” is more a “I don’t believe it’s a 100% sure thing until I’m on the plane home” than a “There is a Star Wars deal, it’s just not settled yet. Also my favorite entertainment writer is Rebecca Pahle.” So his entire response boils down to nothing more than “they’ve expressed interest.” Of course they have. He’s Gary Oldman. Also, he almost voiced General Grievous in Revenge of the Sith before pulling out because it wasn’t a SAG production. Also, he’s Gary Oldman.
And Disney is casting a very, very wide net as far as actors are concerned. Saoirse Ronan, when confirming that she’d auditioned, remarked that “so has everyone.” We know that Breaking Bad‘s Jesse Plemons was, and maybe still is, up for a role. (Ronan, on the other hand, didn’t get whatever part she was up for.) And now, in addition to this Oldman news, we know of another actor who’s “met with” the Star Wars brass: Troy Bolton from High School Musical.
Or, y’know, Zac Efron.
“Yeah, I just went and met with them,” said the actor in an interview with MTV. “So I don’t know. It would be cool. I love [the Star Wars movies], I love them, but… who knows?”
For those of you antsy to hear some concrete Star Wars information, Disney CEO Bob Iger said in the company’s shareholder letter that “we should be releasing more information as production moves forward in the coming year.” I’d feel better if that “should” were a “will,” but you take what you can get. Perhaps more interestingly, Iger had some news about Star Wars Rebels, the animated show that’s basically Disney’s answer to The Clone Wars. Turns out this summer it’ll get a full-on TV movie on The Disney Channel, plus a series of shorts, before moving to its more permanent home on Disney XD later in the year.