Gary Oldman reveals ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ talks

'The deal isn't done,' says actor of potential role in sci-fi blockbuster

Gary Oldman has revealed that he has held talks about appearing in Star Wars: Episode VII.

British actor Oldman has featured in a number of high-profile blockbusters in recent years, including roles as Sirius Black in the Harry Potter series and as Commissioner Jim Gordon in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. Now, in an interview with Sky Movies, he has confirmed that he could appear in JJ Abrams’ reboot of Star Wars.

“They’ve called,” said Oldman. “You know, I’m more cynical about it now. I’ll believe it when I’m on the plane home. The deal isn’t done, but yeah, they’ve inquired. I mean Planet Of The Apes, Harry Potter, Batman, and Star Wars… bloody hell!”


Star Wars: Episode VII is expected to open in cinemas on December 18, 2015, with shooting due to begin later this year at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire. A host of actors have been linked with the film: Judi Dench was recently rumoured to be taking on a role in the flick, while Atonement‘s Saoirse Ronan and The Wire actor Michael B Jordan have both revealed they have auditioned for roles.

Benedict Cumberbatch, who worked with Abrams on last year’s Star Trek Into Darkness, has also been linked to the project too and Zac Efron revealed earlier this week that he had held preliminary talks with the film’s producers.

More recently, meanwhile, it was revealed that Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford will reprise their roles from the original trilogy in the film. The trio portrayed iconic characters Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker and Han Solo in the first run of films.