Emma Thompson Reveals The Star Wars Franchise Rejected Her

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There is not much that English actress Emma Thompson can’t do. She can easily go from Shakespeare to slapstick comedy, win Oscars for both acting and writing, not to mention gets showered in accolades, including being a Dame, so it would come as a surprise to many that there is one role that she has desired that she has yet to add to her impressive resume… that of a Star Wars character.

Wait what? we all ask. Yes it’s true. While she graced the Harry Potter universe as the eccentric Divination professor Sybill Trelawney, Thompson has yet to appear in the Star Wars galaxy, and it’s certainly not for lack of trying.

During a WIRED interview with Mindy Kaling promoting their current movie Late Night, while playing the WIRED Autocomplete Interview, it was revealed that the third most googled “Is Emma Thompson…” question was “Is Emma Thompson in Star Wars”, to which she exclaims, “No! No!”. When asked further about it by Kaling, Thompson reveals that she got her agent to ask about if she could have a role, only to be rejected!!! “I’m not Star Wars because they don’t want me to be in Star Wars,” she laments.

While Thompson wants to move on, Kaling (like us) can’t believe it. She could even picture the perfect character for Thompson to play: “Do you know when the young Jedi has lost their will to live and they end up in a forest somewhere and then someone appears to them to teach them… [Emma] would be great at that”.

Thompson, however, has a better idea. “I could be Jabba the Hutt’s handmaiden,” she jokes. “Because he’s funny, it would be fun to be with… I could squeeze those frogs for him.”

Star Wars is definitely missing out not having Thompson join its rank of actors. Late Night is in cinemas now.

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Clare Sidoti is 4 Your Excitement's Editor-at-Large. Clare has a BA (Theatre and Film Studies) from the University of New South Wales, Australia and an MA Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the University of Essex, UK. She currently works for an NGO that runs human rights training in the Asia Pacific region. You can find her on twitter with her eclectic musings on the arts, entertainment and human rights. Some of her favourite topics to cover include Darren Criss, Chris Colfer, Glee and Star Wars.
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