Michael Fassbender is no stranger to sci-fi. The Irish actor has appeared in an array of genre films, from the most recent “X-Men” trilogy to “Assassin’s Creed” to “Prometheus.” As it turns out, he almost added another big franchise to this impressive list: Disney’s mega-blockbuster “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
When he appeared on MTV’s Happy Sad Confused podcast, Fassbender addressed rumors that he was once in talks for the latest “Star Wars” film, but he didn’t have much to say on the topic. “I talked about it,” he explained, adding that he did not pass on the role.
According to Fassbender, director J.J. Abrams directly approached him about a specific role. “We talked about a role, we had a conversation… I’m pretty sure I was busy doing something else in the summer where he was kickstarting that,” he shared.
While Fassbender didn’t specify what the role was, there are plenty of parts he could have filled. For instance, he could have joined the First Order as Hux or even Phasma, as the role was originally written for a man; he could have also gone for Poe or one of his Resistance pilots. Additionally, the role could have been cut or even bumped back to a later episode, though that is purely speculation and Fassbender doesn’t seem too interested in elaborating at this time.
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is now available on Digital HD, Blu-ray and DVD. “Star Wars: Episode VIII” hits theaters December 15, 2017, while “Star Wars: Episode IX” is scheduled to follow on May 23, 2019.
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