The Marvel Studios chief is producing a film in a galaxy far, far away and is said to have already told a “major actor” he had a role for them.
With the revelation that Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige will be teaming with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy on a new Star Wars film came news that Feige already has a “major actor” in mind for a specific role when the film comes together.
With no plot details known at the time, it’s impossible to determine whether that specific role is a character Star Wars fans already know or a new one created for the film. Whatever the case, there are a number of big-name actors, both from within Feige’s Marvel Cinematic Universe and outside of it, who could easily fit into the Star Wars universe. While I couldn’t possibly guess who this mysterious “major actor” is, here are a few candidates that could make sense for a trip to a galaxy far, far away. One person not on the list: Robert Downey Jr., who may be a victim of his own success. It doesn’t seem likely Feige would want to build two franchises around his leading man who became synonymous with Tony Stark.
Sadly, the former Wolverine will never appear in the MCU as his X-Men character, having hung up his claws after Logan (2017), but he’s an admitted fan of what Feige has achieved at Marvel Studios. The two go back a long way, with Feige having gotten his start as an associate producer on X-Men (2000). Seeing them work together on a Star Wars film would be a bit like coming full circle, and it’s easy to imagine Jackman in a role as grizzled Jedi Master, rogue or even Sith Lord. Jackman rarely has a chance to break bad, and seeing him do so in a Star Wars film would offer a rarely seen side of the actor.
The MCU’s latest star is a major Star Wars fan. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly this year, Larson described how she felt when her co-star Samuel L. Jackson brought his purple lightsaber to the Captain Marvel set. “He brought it to me on set on May the 4th, and I cried,” Larson said. “It was so cool. I wanna be a Jedi.” Larson also attended the grand opening of Disneyland’s Star Wars-themed Galaxy’s Edge attraction and posted a photo of herself in Jedi robes. Is it possible that the Force is strong with her? It would be interesting to take on the role of another major hero that offers her the opportunity to tap into something different from the heroism of Carol Danvers.
Is there any actor who personifies the Jedi Path more than Reeves? Feige has famously tried to find a Marvel project for Reeves for years, but so far nothing has come to fruition. The actor is experiencing a career renaissance with the popularity of the John Wick franchise and the upcoming fourth Matrix film and third Bill & Ted. It’s possible that Star Wars could be the right project for the actor to finally work with Feige. It’s already easy to imagine a film set around the first Jedi with Reeves in the role, exploring both the light and dark side of the force and delineating the balance. It may sound too good to be true, but we can dream.