PROMETHEUS Star Michael Fassbender Finally Reveals Who He Was Going To Play In STAR WARS...Well, Sort Of

PROMETHEUS Star Michael Fassbender Finally Reveals Who He Was Going To Play In STAR WARS...Well, Sort Of PROMETHEUS Star Michael Fassbender Finally Reveals Who He Was Going To Play In STAR WARS...Well, Sort Of

X-Men star Michael Fassbender has confirmed he was in talks for a role in the Star Wars sequels but stops short of revealing who Lucasfilm wanted him to play. He also comments on a possible Alien return...

By JoshWilding - Dec 01, 2023 10:12 AM EST
Filed Under: Star Wars

Lucasfilm enlisted a lot of very talented actors for the Star Wars sequels and how well the studio utilised them is obviously up for debate. 

Now, Michael Fassbender has confirmed he had conversations with Lucasfilm about the latest trilogy, but which role was he eyed to play? Josh Horowitz put it to the actor that he'd been in talks to portray Kylo Ren, a character that eventually went Adam Driver's way. 

"Who is Kylo Ren?" Fassbender responded, either playing deliberately coy or simply unaware of who that is. When the host suggested he'd been in the running to star as Driver's character, the actor said, "Honestly, I can never remember the names. No, no, no, it wasn’t. No."

Rather than sharing any additional details, Fassbender instead jokingly "revealed" the character he nearly played in a Galaxy Far, Far Away. "It was Yoda’s grandfather; he never made it into the actual movie." 

If not Kylo Ren, we'd bet on it being Poe Dameron, the Resistance pilot brought to life on screen by Oscar Isaac. 

Despite missing out on Star Wars, the X-Men actor has experience with sci-fi after a stint in Ridley Scott's Alien prequels, Prometheus and Alien: Covenant. Now, with new movies and TV shows in the works, Fassbender says he's in the dark about any sort of possible return as David. 

"I have no idea; I didn’t even know after ‘Prometheus’ whether we would be going on another journey," he admits. "What I thought was brilliant about launching the Alien franchise in a totally different and bringing A.I. into it, I thought it was fantastic."

"And this idea of creation, where we were created from, and this A.I. has now become obsessed with the idea of creation and God; I thought it was super interesting. I thought it was such an inspiring tangent that [Ridley] took there."

There's always a chance Fassbender will get another chance in Star Wars, particularly with new movies on the way from James Mangold, Dave Filoni, and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy. 

Hilariously, in the same interview, the Irish actor revealed he has another unexpected connection to Star Wars because he's frequently mistaken for Obi-Wan Kenobi actor, Ewan McGregor. "I've signed pictures of him," Fassbender admits with a smile. 

Hear more from him about Star Wars in the video below.

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