Earlier this month, Gary Oldman told The Guardian newspaper that he’s been in talks with the makers of Episode VII about a role. He wasn’t very specific, but did confirm that they’ve called him to discuss it. He hastened to downplay any excitement, though:
“They’ve called,” said Oldman. “I don’t know if its, er … You know, I’m more cynical about it now. I’ll believe it when I’m on the plane home. The deal isn’t done, but yeah, they’ve inquired. I mean Planet of the Apes, Harry Potter, Batman and Star Wars … bloody hell!”
Oldman, an incredibly versatile British actor with a chameleon-like ability to melt into a part would be a great addition to the (still unconfirmed) cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. He’s had a long run in genre films playing some pretty heavy parts: Commissioner Gordon in Nolan’s Batman films, Sirius Black in Harry Potter, villain Mason Verger in Hannibal, the unforgettably weird Jean-Baptiste Emmanuel Zorg in The Fifth Element (which borrowed liberally from Star Wars) and even the lead role in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. He’s currently in the Robocop remake, and is going to be in the next Planet of the Apes film. In addition, he’s done voice work in several video games, including Call of Duty: World at War. Of course, that’s not all he’s done: He’s an accomplished filmmaker, musician and stage actor.
Like all things Episode VII, I hasten to remind you that nothing is set in stone, and until we see an announcement from Mouse Central then it should be all considered rumors.