TotalFilm.com asked a host of A-listers at recent junkets about joining "Star Wars: Episode VII," and they were all surprisingly game -- well, almost all of them.
Rachel Weisz weighed in on the upcoming sequel during her "Oz the Great and Powerful" press tour and copped to being a huge J.J. Abrams fan. Her co-star Mila Kunis had more to say on the matter, though, specifically on the "Star Wars" versus "Star Trek" debate. "I respect 'Star Wars,' I'm a bit of a sci-fi nerd, but if [given the choice], I'd choose 'Star Trek.' 'The Next Generation,' to be specific." Well, Uhura does need more friends aboard the Starship.
During a press tour for "The Last Exorcism Part II," Eli Roth let his nerd flag fly with some deep cut dreams that might be over the head of garden-variety "Star Wars" fans. His tastes run towards characters like Greedo, though, so there's that. Maybe he could recruit Kunis?
However, this video is noteworthy for who wouldn't want to be in the next "Star Wars." Jason Statham admitted that he's not that big a fan of the genre. "I do prefer sort of true stories and action films and stuff that I'm involved with. Sci-fi's very popular, I understand that, but it's not my first choice when I go to the cinema," adding that if a role came up he'd have to see "what that silly role may be. I would guess it's probably something stupid and it would be the usual answer." Is that a sheepish look on your handsome mug, Jason?
Mark Wahlberg wasn't too into the idea either, although he does reveal that Abrams asked him to play Captain Kirk's father in "Star Trek." "I tried to read the script… I couldn't understand the words in the dialogue or anything," but admitted that he wouldn't say no to Abrams in the future -- even if the script didn't make sense to him.
Stanley Tucci dryly joked during the junket for "Jack the Giant Slayer" that the original “Star Wars” movies "weren't very successful to begin with, so why would I want to be a part of that?" As his co-star Ewan McGregor, who played Obi-Wan Kenobi, cracked up next to him, they both agreed they would do the next "Star Wars" in a heartbeat. "I'd rather I did it than someone else!" said McGregor, before noting the difficulties of bringing his character back into the fold.
Melissa McCarthy told TotalFilm, "I could kill that Chewbacca [role] if you just give me a shot," promising a performance with "more heart and grit." But would she star in a Christmas special?
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Aaron Taylor-Johnson, 22
He's proven he can be a romantic lead in "Anna Karenina" and an action hero in "Kick-Ass." Okay, so he got overshadowed by a little girl and Nicolas Cage in a Batsuit, but we'd still be willing to see what Taylor-Johnson would do behind the wheel of the Millennium Falcon.
Liam Hemsworth, 23
The Aussie hunk is already committed to the "Hunger Games" franchise, but who says you can only have one? If Liam were cast as young Solo, the Internet will endlessly debate who'd win in a fight: Han or Thor (who's played by Liam's even hunkier brother, Chris).
Garret Hedlund, 28
The star of "Tron: Legacy" is certainly handsome enough to remind us of a young Han Solo, but we doubt there'll be any threesomes in space (sorry, "On the Road" fans). It also may be tough for him to join the franchise, since he's already committed to the "Tron" sequel.
Logan Lerman, 21
Lerman's played the hero in "Three Musketeers," but we see him as more of a Luke Skywalker type than a rascally scoundrel. However, if young Han requires a lot more innocence than what we've seen previously, Lerman could be the guy.
Alden Ehrenreich, 23
The star of the upcoming "Beautiful Creatures" is sure to gain a huge following after the movie opens on Feb. 14. The lead role in the fantasy romance is one that shows some of Han's irreverence, derring-do, humor and, of course, flair for wearing down the resistance of a girl he likes.
Jake Abel, 25
Lerman's "Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief" co-star was also in "I Am Number Four" and will play Ian in the upcoming sci-fi flick "The Host," based on the book by "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyers. "Supernatural" fans will remember him as Adam, Sam and Dean's half-brother, which means he's more than a little bit badass.
Scott Eastwood, 26
Even though he's got one of the most famous names in Hollywood, Clint's easy-on-the-eyes son is still kind of an unknown. So far, we've only seen him in a few films, like "Texas Chainsaw 3D" and small roles in his dad's films, including "Gran Torino," "Flags of Our Fathers" and "Trouble With the Curve."
Kit Harington, 26
The British actor who plays bastard Jon Snow on "Game of Thrones" is one we'd like to see more of. But he's committed to three upcoming films -- including the lead in "Pompeii" and might not be able to squeeze in a film as big as "Star Wars."
Dave Franco, 27
He's yet to match the fame of his brother James, but Dave is hitting his stride with "21 Jump Street" and "Warm Bodies" in which we've seen he could pull off Han's trademark snark and wit.
Emile Hirsch, 27
Hirsch has shown his acting chops in the intense real-life-inspired drama "Into the Wild," and has lately favored indie fare like "Milk," and "Killer Joe." He went mainstream with "Speed Racer," but it flopped so badly it might have scared him off big-budget CGI films for good.
Max Irons, 27
The English actor (his dad is Oscar-winner Jeremy Irons) will make up one-third of the love triangle in the upcoming "The Host." He also starred in the horrible "Red Riding Hood," but we'll overlook that.
Shia LaBeouf, 26
We know, we know, but this <em>could</em> be a possibility: He's already played Indiana Jones's son, so would a role as the young Han Solo be such a stretch? LaBeouf also played a smartass and stood up to killer robots in the "Transformer" series, so by comparison, Boba Fett wouldn't look so tough. His offscreen bad boy persona could work against his being cast, though. (Also, that whole thing about only wanting to act in indie movies from now on might make him disqualified.)
Dane DeHaan, 27
We'll be seeing a lot more of the "Chronicle" star since his upcoming slate includes "Kill Your Darlings," "The Place Beyond the Pines" and "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," as Harry Osborn. Is there room in there for a turn as Han?
Rupert Friend, 31
The British hunk played a cad in "Pride and Prejudice" opposite Keira Knightley, so we know he's got "charming" and "scoundrel" down pat. And as a Black Ops on "Homeland," we've seen he can do tough as well.