Emma Thompson isn’t just a national treasure but she is rightfully regarded as one of the finest actresses and most versatile talents of her generation.
That’s what happens when you win Best Actress (Howard’s End) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Sense And Sensibility) Academy Awards within 3 years of each other, while she also earned three further nominations during this same period, too.
Basically that should mean that whatever Emma Thompson wants to do she gets to do. But it turns out that even sublime actresses like Thompson are turned down for roles they desperately desire.
Thompson has revealed that she was rejected for a role in one of the Star Wars prequels, even though she had made it very, very clear that she wanted to join the burgeoning universe.
“My agent actually said to the last people who were making the last Star Wars, I get very confused because obviously there are so many spin-offy things.”
“They said, ‘She’d be really interested in being in the next Star Wars. Because I actually really like Star Wars. And they said ‘no.’ So I’m not in Star Wars because they don’t want me to be in Star Wars.”
Mindy Kaling, her co-star in Late Night, knows exactly who she should be portraying in Star Wars, too, telling Thompson, “You know when the young Jedi have lost their will to live and they end up in a forest somewhere and someone appears to teach them? You would be great at that.”
But Thompson already has her eyes on a specific role. “Or I could be Jabba The Hutt’s handmaiden. Because he’s fun. I could squeeze those frogs for him.”
Thompson made the above revelation in her own inimitable and glorious style during her recent interview with WIRED, which saw her and Kaling answer the web’s most searched questions on them.
One can only hope that there has been a huge misunderstanding, and that those in control of the Star Wars franchise will immediately look to add Thompson to the galaxy far, far away. As it is common knowledge that Thompson immediately makes anything she appears in umpteen times better.
Star Wars’ loss proved to be Late Night and Men In Black: International’s gain, as those two films do include Thompson, and they’re both in cinemas now.