Australian actor Joel Edgerton has quickly become a prolific talent in Hollywood. He’s participated in acclaimed films like Loving and Midnight Special, and also wrote and directed the well-received thriller The Gift.
Edgerton can be seen in the psychological horror It Comes At Night in theaters now, establishing him as a creative force in the genre. But while the actor might be known for his performances in smaller films, he also acted in one of the biggest and successful movie franchises to date.
Appearing as “Uncle” Owen Lars in the Star Wars prequels, Edgerton recently expressed an eagerness to return to A Galaxy Far, Far Away. With Lucasfilm expanding the series in many directions, he’s even laid out a few possible ways how he could return—such as an appearance in the rumored Obi-Wan Kenobi spinoff.
“I like the idea that Uncle Owen is one of those guys who has done some super cool s**t but has just never bragged about it,” Edgerton told Business Insider. “My idea is that he could go out and have some adventure and then he comes back and slips back into that unassuming moisture farmer role… Everyone talks about Obi-Wan being super cool, Owen secretly knows that he was there, and he did some of the cool s**t, too.”
Fans have been clamoring for Lucasfilm to bring back Ewan MacGregor as Kenobi in a future spinoff, perhaps chronicling the character’s time on Tatooine when he’s observing and protecting a young Luke Skywalker.
It would make sense for Owen Lars to appear in such a film with Edgerton returning to the role, but that’s not the only possibility the actor is positing. Maybe he could pop up in Star Wars: Episode IX.
“I saw Colin [Trevorrow, Episode IX director] yesterday, I was like, ‘Dude. Star Wars. Me.’ And he's like, ‘You have already been in the Star Wars world,’ and I was like, ‘Yeah, I could be someone else,’” Edgerton said. “My pitch to all of them is there's definitely some Owen possibilities, but also, I was only in the movie for a pinch of time. How about I play someone else? I can do Boba Fett. I'll just never take off the mask.”
Sounds like the actor is desperate to return to the Star Wars Universe. With his profile continuing to rise with every well-received role he takes, it might be the time to grant him his wish.
The saga continues this year when Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in theaters December 15.
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