Before Joel Edgerton became a well-known actor with incredible performances in movies like “Warrior,” “The Gift” (which he also directed), and last year’s Oscar-nominated “Loving,” the Australian played a young Uncle Owen in the “Star Wars” prequels “Attack of the Clones” and “Revenge of the Sith.”
Though he got very little screen time and even less dialogue, Edgerton is part of the “Star Wars” saga and with Disney/Lucasfilm’s endless plan for “Star Wars” sequels and anthology movies, the actor believes he can show up again.
“I like the idea that Uncle Owen is one of those guys who has done some super cool s— but has just never bragged about it,” Edgerton told Business Insider while promoting his new movie “It Comes at Night” (opening in theatres on Friday).
The character is best known as the moisture farmer who raised Luke Skywalker after Luke’s father, Anakin, turned to the Dark Side and became Darth Vader. As Luke grew up, Owen kept him busy on the farm, though he had aspirations of going off and fighting the Empire.
A standalone movies fans want to see is one on Kenobi, which Ewan McGregor — who played Kenobi in the prequels — has said he wants to do. And Edgerton believes he should be in it, too.
“My idea is that he could go out and have some adventure and then he comes back and slips back into that unassuming moisture farmer role,” Edgerton said. “Everyone talks about Obi-Wan being super cool, Owen secretly knows that he was there, and he did some of the cool s—, too.”
But if Lucasfilm isn’t into an Uncle Owen storyline, Edgerton has already made his case to “Star Wars: Episode IX” director Colin Trevorrow that he’s willing to think outside the box.
“I saw Colin yesterday, I was like, ‘Dude. “Star Wars.” Me.’ And he’s like, ‘You have already been in the “Star Wars” world,’ and I was like, ‘Yeah, I could be someone else,'” Edgerton said.
“My pitch to all of them is there’s definitely some Owen possibilities,” Edgerton went on to say, “but also, I was only in the movie for a pinch of time. How about I play someone else? I can do Boba Fett. I’ll just never take off the mask.”
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