Could you imagine Harry Potter swinging a lightsaber instead of a wand? Actor Daniel Radcliffe certainly can, with recent comments pointing to his desire to be counted among the cast of J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII.
Speaking with Time Out London, the 23-year-old star said that he’s not shy about shacking up with another franchise, so long as it’s the Star Wars franchise.
“Franchise mustn’t become a dirty word,” Radcliffe said when asked if he’d take on another series of films. “If directors like J.J. Abrams and Joss Whedon keep doing what they’re doing, it won’t be. I’d love to be part of one again. Maybe not leading it: a nice supporting role. Star Wars would be awesome. That’d be crazy cool.”
But Radcliffe has some brushing up to do. He admitted in a 2011 interview that the only Star Wars film he had ever seen at that point was Episode I: The Phantom Menace (read: The worst Star Wars film ever).
Since the new series of films are supposed to take place at least 20 years after the conclusion of the original trilogy, well … let’s just say he’s missed some things.
It’s just fun speculation for now, but who do you think Radcliffe could play in the new Star Wars film? So far, there isn’t much by way of casting news on the new film except that Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher are supposed to return in some capacity. Leonard Nimoy, Florence Welch and even The Rock have all expressed interest in the new film.
If he did manage to snag a role, it would put Radcliffe in two of the highest grossing franchises of all time. Harry Potter comfortably wears the crown with a collective $7.7 billion worldwide, followed by the James Bond series of films and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Star Wars comes in fourth with $4.4 billion.
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