That Time Emma Thompson Got Rejected By The Star Wars Franchise

Emma Thompson in Men in Black

These days, it seems every celebrity who wants to be in Star Wars can do it. Daniel Craig got to be a Stormtrooper in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and even the Princes William and Harry got to cameo in The Last Jedi, though their scene got cut. However, it seems that it wasn't always so easy to get into a Star Wars movie, as Emma Thompson says she once tried, and got turned down.

Playing a game for Wired alongside her Late Night co-star Mindy Kaling, the pair answered questions created by Google autofill queries. One of the answers people apparently have been searching for is whether or not Emma Thompson was in Star Wars. In response the actress revealed that, while she's not in the franchise, it's not for lack of trying...

My agent actually said to the last people who were making the last Star Wars, I get very confused because obviously there's so many spinoff-y things, and they said, 'Well, ya know, she'd be really interested in being in Star Wars,' because I actually really like Star Wars. And they said no. I’m not in Star Wars because they don’t want me to be in Star Wars.

It's not entirely clear from Emma Thompson's comments exactly when she tried to be in Star Wars, when referring to "the last Star Wars" she could be talking about a previous film in the recent series, but the reference to the "last people" might mean she's actually talking about the prequel era. It doesn't really matter. One thing is clear, if somebody told Emma Thompson they didn't need her in a Star Wars movie then clearly somebody is out of their damn mind. 

I feel like, whatever movie you're making, if Emma Thompson is interested, you figure out a way to make it work. If I'm David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the pair currently working on the next Star Wars movie following The Rise of Skywalker, then I'm figuring out which role in my new movie is best for Emma Thompson and penciling in her name right now. If there isn't a good role for her, write one, there's plenty of time.

Emma Thompson could make for an excellent Imperial/First Order officer. She'd also be a fantastic elder Jedi. Who wouldn't want to see Emma Thompson in a lightsaber duel? She'd totally kick ass. 

Check out Emma Thompson's complete comments on Star Wars in the video below.

The good news is that, while the Star Wars franchise will be taking a bit of a break on the big screen, we're certainly not going to be lacking for opportunities anytime soon. Between new movies and Disney+ series and animated shows and whatever else Lucasfilm can come up with, there will plenty of chances for Emma Thompson, or anybody else who's interested, to become part of the galaxy far, far, away.

Dirk Libbey
Content Producer/Theme Park Beat

CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian, Dirk began writing for CinemaBlend as a freelancer in 2015 before joining the site full-time in 2018. He has previously held positions as a Staff Writer and Games Editor, but has more recently transformed his true passion into his job as the head of the site's Theme Park section. He has previously done freelance work for various gaming and technology sites. Prior to starting his second career as a writer he worked for 12 years in sales for various companies within the consumer electronics industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Davis.  Is an armchair Imagineer, Epcot Stan, Future Club 33 Member.