Mark Ruffalo is best known for playing Bruce Banner (aka The Incredible Hulk) in Marvel’s Avengers franchise, but if he has his way, he’ll soon potentially be known for his work another massive franchise: Star Wars.
Rian Johnson is writing and directing Star Wars: Episode VIII (presumably to be released sometime around 2017), and Ruffalo just so happened to star in Johnson’s second film, the excellent 2008 con man flick The Brothers Bloom. According to Collider, Ruffalo reached out to Johnson recently through e-mail and sent him the following message: “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.”
So on the surface this is a story about an actor wanting a part in an upcoming Star Wars film. Surprise, surprise – what actor doesn’t want a part in that universe? The reason this is a bit more newsworthy is because A) Ruffalo is one of the better actors of his generation and already has big franchise experience, and B) Johnson is known to work with the same people over and over again. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Noah Segan have appeared in all three of the director’s films so far, and considering Ruffalo was one of the leads in The Brothers Bloom, it stands to reason that Johnson would want to work with him again.
So will Ruffalo end up having a part in Star Wars: Episode VIII? It’s far too early to tell, but he did mention that he’d be down for a CGI role in the movie, and that would be a very cool way to appear in Star Wars. Ruffalo as an alien? Sounds rad.
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.
What do you think? Do you want to see Mark Ruffalo in Star Wars: Episode VIII?
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