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There are a handful of franchises that actors just want to be part of. If your agent can get you a read for a Star Wars sequel, or a Marvel chapter, you’re likely going to do your best to shine for the casting reps. Several months ago, Saturday Night Live rolled out a skit of “celebrities” reading alongside real-life Star Wars: The Force Awakens stars Daisy Ridley and John Boyega. The skit went over so well, they’ve now decided to release additional footage of celebs being weird, and SNL players doing their best impressions:
This skit gives us a fresh new look at what might have been, had the Lucasfilm offices really opened their minds to potential casting. I mean, Matthew McConaughey really does have a “Lando voice,” doesn’t he?
And the idea of Javier Bardem trying his best to sleep with every female Star Wars character makes me chuckle. I mean, just look at the look on poor Emma Stone’s face:
As with most of Saturday Night Live’s sketches, the results are hit and miss. Taran Killam’s Joseph Gordon-Levitt makes a clever Hit Record Joe swipe, but his impersonation is weak. Also, does anyone know who Janelle Monae is? Talented singer, but an out-of-left-field choice for a celebrity impression.
The original sketch can be seen here:
They need to do another one of these for the Young Han Solo casting. Unless they already did, and I missed it. Who doesn’t want to pick up a blaster and pretend to be Han Solo? Maybe they can work you into Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in the process. The rumor is, that movie needs a few more laughs. We’ll see what happens when it opens in theaters in December 16.