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Emma Thompson Tried to Be in ‘Star Wars’

Emma Thompson is a lot of things: an actress, a dame, a lifeforce bequeathed to humanity by the gods. One thing she is not, though, is a character in the Star Wars film universe.

But it’s not for lack of trying.

At one point Thompson’s agent inquired about the actress getting a part in the current Star Wars saga, but they were rebuffed. “I actually really like Star Wars,” Thompson says in the latest WIRED Autocomplete Interview, but “I’m not in Star Wars because they don’t want me to be in Star Wars.” (To anyone at Lucasfilm reading this: C’mon! You hire so many Brits! Why not Emma? The woman is a legend.)

If Thompson were cast, Mindy Kaling, her costar in the new movie Late Night, thinks she’d be a great advisor for struggling Jedi. But Thompson has another idea.

“I could be Jabba the Hutt’s handmaiden,” she jokes. “I could squeeze those frogs for him.”

Find out more about Thompson and Kaling in the video above.


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