Tenuous hit whoring ahead!
A British journalist visited the Bad Robot offices to interview JJ Abrams for his gimmicky new book, S, and while there saw none other than Chiwetel Ejiofor hanging around.
The British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, front-runner in this year’s Oscar race, is sitting in the lobby of J.J. Abrams’ office. If you’re a sci-fi fan, this might be very big news indeed.
Big news because, of course, JJ Abrams is currently getting ready to make Star Wars Episode VII and is in the casting phase. Is that why Ejiofor was in the office? The reporter asked, and got this:
He looks at me, dead-eyed. “I can’t discuss casting,” he says. “But he’s a very talented gentleman.”
That's an understatement. Ejiofor is probably THE Best Actor frontrunner for his marvelous performance in 12 Years A Slave, currently the best movie playing in theaters. Ejiofor is a stunningly talented actor, who has always been right at the verge of being a really big star but never seems to have quite made it. This movie could make the difference... as could a role in the Star Wars films.
Ejiofor would certainly join a list of great actors who have lowered themselves to appear in the Star Wars movies, and if he takes the job I do hope it pays well. Perhaps post-Lucas the Star Wars performance curse is lifted and good actors will once again shine in these movies, as a few did in the original trilogy - a trilogy overforgiven for its bad, bad acting. Abrams seems to get good work out of actors, after all. Still, I'm getting past the age where I want great actors and filmmakers to waste their time on this stuff. I'd prefer that Ejiofor, now in his prime, go do really strong work.
What do you think: how annoying will the Firefly/Star Wars crossover fanfic be if Ejiofor gets the role?