Oh cool, another news bit about an actor not wanting to have anything to do with the future of the Star Wars series! At this point there’s still not one actor attached to this film, but we already have a laundry list of people who WON’T be a part of it. Just last week we received word that Star Trek star and Abrams alum Simon Pegg would not be involved with Episode VII (most likely), and now we can add another actor to the list—fellow Trek actor and certified badass from Dredd and The Bourne Supremacy Karl Urban.
Urban was chatting with IGN during the TCA’s last week about Almost Human, his new sci-fi show with (coincidental enough) J.J Abrams attached as a producer. No surprise though the conversation eventually drifted to Star Trek and, via J.J Abrams Conversion, Star Wars. Would Karl Urban consider ditching the phaser for a lightsaber and joining his buddy J.J Abrams in a galaxy far far away? “No, absolutely not.” And it’s not because he has a beef with the rest of the series or anything. Like Pegg before him, he’s apparently a huge fan:
Oh my God, yes. I grew up watching it. That was the Holy Grail for me. I was a fan of Star Trek growing up. Star Wars was it. Star Wars was like…I remember waiting for two/three years for that next installment, for Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. I’ve seen every single Star Wars film, even the animated, The Clone Wars, and all that sort of stuff. I just love that universe, but that being said, I have no desire to be part of it. I don’t see the worlds of Star Trek and Star Wars joining. I’ve made a commitment to Star Trek and I’m going to keep it. It wouldn’t feel right to me. Being in Star Trek, to suddenly be in Star Wars wouldn’t feel right to me…J.J. is behind the camera. There’s a difference when you’re putting a face and a personality in front of the camera, and I wouldn’t want to do that do an audience. I, as an audience member, wouldn’t want to see an actor from Star Trek in Star Wars. I just wouldn’t. When I go into a Star Wars movie I want to be completely enveloped. I don’t want to be taken out of the picture by going, ‘Oh my God, there’s Scotty, what’s he doing in Star Wars?
Just like Pegg before him, I totally “get” why Urban doesn’t want to be involved with Star Wars, and I think it’s kind of cool neither actor wants to piss off/confuse the fanboys (unlike that scumbag Leonard Nimoy, for instance.) That said, I still hope Urban will eventually have a “big” movie to call his own. While he’s terrific in Star Trek and super cool in his brief role in The Bourne Supremacy, I love this guy and want to see him explode in a Harrion Ford type fashion (sadly, Dredd wasn’t that film). And speaking of Ford, if there was at all an actor alive today who I think could play a Han Solo type role in a Star Wars movie, it would be Urban. But alas, Dr. McCoy comes first.
Don’t fret though, fellow Karl Urban lovers. The actor will be the lead in Fox’s Almost Human this fall, and I myself will be covering all of his roguish exploits when that show hits in the beginning of November. Until then, keep dreaming for that Dredd 2…never stop believing, fans. Never stop believing.