With just three feature films under his belt (Brick, The Brothers Bloom and Looper), writer-director Rian Johnson landed the gig of a lifetime back in June, when he was tapped to write and direct both Star Wars: Episode VIII and Star Wars: Episode IX. With J.J. Abrams currently directing Star Wars: Episode VII, slated for release on December 18, 2015, we likely won't hear anything about the second two sequels for quite some time, although one actor revealed recently that he personally emailed the director in hopes of getting a Star Wars role.
Three years before he became the Hulk in Marvel's The Avengers, Mark Ruffalo played a con man in Rian Johnson's second feature, The Brothers Bloom. The actor says that he contacted the director directly, asking for any Star Wars part he would be willing to hand out.
Here's what the actor had to say, when asked how badly he wants to perform in a Star Wars movie.
"Desperately. My e-mail to Rian after all these years was, 'Rian, congratulations on everything you've been doing. And by the way, if there's a part in Star Wars, please, anything, please consider considering me to join you.'"
When asked if he would consider a much smaller role, where he would be required to wear a mask that covers his face, Mark Ruffalo said he would even consider that.
"Possibly, depending on timing. I love hanging out with Rian so that's interesting to me but I would like a role."
"It'd be nice to have something. And honestly, even a CGI role. I am thrilled about motion capture. It's been a journey for me to get there. After this last Avengers and the work we're doing with that, and the advancement of the technology even since the first Avengers, I'm so excited about where we can go with motion capture. I hope that I'm on the front line of this kind of new frontier of creativity and performance that is completely boundless. Definitely be interested in doing something like that for Star Wars."