There’s never been a better time to be a Star Wars fan, and that same logic can be applied to actors longing for a role in Lucasfilm’s far-away galaxy.
Thanks to the ongoing anthology series, which continues next year through Solo: A Star Wars Story, first-timers like Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Donald Glover and Thandie Newton have all fulfilled their dreams to work under the biggest brand in entertainment. And it seems Andrew Lincoln wants to join Lucasfilm’s pantheon, too.
Last night, The Walking Dead veteran appeared on AMC’s two-hour Talking Dead special, in which Chris Hardwick and Co. presented a post-mortem of “Mercy” and its many twists and turns. And this being episode number 100, there was a tremendous amount of nostalgia coursing through the veins of TWD‘s season 8 premiere, with fans noticing a number of callbacks to days gone by.
For Lincoln, though, Sunday’s Talking Dead special presented an opportunity for him to entertain what life would look like had he decided to pass up the role of Rick Grimes.
As one of the show’s British stars, Andrew Lincoln initially joked about the Harry Potter franchise, before expressing his desire to mingle into Star Wars.
I may have been a cheese maker. Or a pig farmer. But Dave Morrissey and I… we used to sort of joke that we were the only actors in British Equity that hadn’t been in the Harry Potter franchise, so maybe I would have been wizarding about Hogwarts or hobbit-ing about Middle Earth, and I always fancied the idea of getting my hands around a lightsaber.
Exactly how Lincoln would fit into the series is up for debate, but it’s worth keeping in mind that both he and series creator Robert Kirkman have teased Rick’s seemingly inevitable death. If (when?) the series mainstay bites the bullet, perhaps he’ll shift gears and begin working in the movie business? Who knows.
Lucasfilm’s Star Wars franchise continues with The Last Jedi‘s release on December 15th. Also cramming up the pipeline is the aforementioned Han Solo anthology pic (May 25th, 2018), not to mention the so-far untitled Star Wars: Episode IX, which has Chris Terrio (Justice League) on script duties.