English actor Tom Hiddleston broke through stateside as deceitful half-brother and full-on villain Loki in 2011's Thor, but despite playing a baddie there and in the blockbuster follow-up The Avengers, Hiddleston has become a fan favorite. So it's little surprise someone thought to ask him if he might consider getting involved in another Disney property: namely Star Wars Episode VII. And while big name directors have been falling all over themselves to publicly state their disinterest in helming the project, Hiddleston confesses he'd be interested in a role.
Speaking with Digital Spy, Hiddleston describes himself as a "huge fan, especially of the first three" when asked if he'd ever consider taking a part of the already iconic franchise. He confesses, the idea hadn't yet occurred to him but then replied:
"Absolutely, yeah. It would depend on the story and the character and things, but I don't know. Maybe people would associate me too closely with Loki - I hope not."
While this may seem like a random question to put to the Avengers star, Hiddleston actually has ties to Episode VII executive producer Kathleen Kennedy, since she served as a producer on Steven Spielberg's War Horse, in which Hiddleston memorably appeared. When it came to Kennedy, Hiddleston practically gushed calling her "a filmmaker of such extraordinary experience and wisdom" and "one of the best producers I've ever worked for." He added, "She just knows her way around the medium and the art form and the industry, so I think I'd take it very seriously if they asked me."
Of course it's pretty early to speculate on who might star when the project has only just hired screenwriter Michael Arndt to spin Kennedy and George Lucas's mysterious concept for Episode VII into a screenplay and we don't even know who the characters will be. Nonetheless, it's good to hear an actor of Hiddleston's caliber is tempted to take on the material, even after the sour disappointment that was the last three Star Wars films.
In the meantime, Hiddleston will return to theaters in force in 2013. He recently wrapped production on the Jim Jarmusch vampire drama Only Lovers Left Alive and Joanna Hogg's London Project, and in now in production on Thor: The Dark World, reprising the role of Loki. The Thor sequel will open on November 8th, 2013.