This past weekend saw stars of TV, film and comic books flocking to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates for the fourth annual Middle East Film & Comic Con. While many actors at the event were under strict instructions not to reveal anything about their upcoming roles, Miltos Yerolemou did let slip that he will be playing an alien in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."
When asked by Spinoff Online if he was worried about being typecast, Yerolemou, who is perhaps best known as the First Sword of Braavos, Syrio Forel, in "Game of Thrones," said he has no concerns.
"There's no type casting when it comes to me," Yerolemou said. "The only thing about typecasting I will say is that I always play foreign characters. When I say 'foreign': alien in Star Wars, a French psychiatrist in a Danish film [in 'The Danish Girl'] [and] a Dutch baker in [the upcoming drama/romance film] 'Tulip Fever.'"
Commenting on his most prominent role, Yerolemou heaped praise upon his Game of Thrones co-star Maisie Williams and said, "She taught me a lot… we had great chemistry from the moment we met. I just love watching her and how she has taken that character and has created something -- she doesn't go for the easy options [as an actor]."
He added that he was slightly envious of her recent casting in "Doctor Who," saying, "I've been a 'Doctor Who' fan since I was like six years old, so I would love to be in 'Doctor Who,' but yeah, that's fantastic, I'm really happy for [Maisie]."
Back in a galaxy far, far away, Yerolemou also confirmed that he didn't take part in the Star Wars desert location shoot filmed last year on location elsewhere in the UAE when he said that his trip to the MEFCC was his first to the country. But aside from these tidbits, Star Wars fans are still left with plenty to speculate over in months ahead as we await the film's premiere.
Directed by J.J. Abrams, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" opens Dec. 18.