A week ago, a rumor started making the rounds online, suggesting that Sir Ben Kingsley had read for a Star Wars Episode VII role. Now, Kingsley is definitely a fan favorite and has proven to be one of the most versatile actors in the industry, as proven by his recent role in Iron Man 3 – where he alternated between menacing and goofy, and between being Middle Eastern and British and being very effective either way. However, a recent interview with Total Film may disappoint fans who wish to see Kingsley in a Star Wars setting.
“[What] a shame that I wasn’t awake during the audition,” Kingsley said when asked abou the rumor. “It’s passed me by entirely, I have no recollection of it whatsoever. I do apologize to the producers and director but I’m afraid I have no recall of this.”
It’s not so much dodging the question as it is a tongue-in-cheek way of dismissing the rumor. Still, Star Wars VII is still a long ways off and if the clamoring of the fans for a Ben Kingsley role is loud enough, the powers that be over at Disney may take heed and offer the actor a role. So don’t lose hope just yet.