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Actor Richard E. Grant Provides Some Possible Clues About His Role in Star Wars: Episode IX

Discussion in 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' started by SWNN Probe, Nov 2, 2018.

  1. SWNN Probe

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    So far, Star Wars: Episode IX has been as dry as the Jakku desert on the news front, but today we bring you a little morsel about actor Richard E. Grant's character in the upcoming sequel. In a recent interview with Josh Horowitz on Happy, Sad, Confused (via Sleemo), Grant spoke about his audition for the movie and his initial meeting with J.J. Abrams about the role. There's not a lot of detailed information, but his description of the audition material might provide some clues as to what type of role he will have in the film.







    According to Grant, he didn't really know he was even up for a Star Wars movie when he did the audition tape, which is actually fairly common as Grant explains:
    His brief description of the generic script is pretty interesting. While these often don't have anything to do with the real story from the movie, there is usually something in there that will tell the director if this actor can pull off a specific type of role in the actual film. When I read 'interrogation', I instantly thought of Grant as a First Order officer trying to get Rey or one of our other Resistance heroes to crack. Granted, the role could be anything really, but I could definitely see him as this type of character. Whatever the role, he must have demonstrated what Abrams and casting director Nina Gold were looking for as he did eventually get the call:
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    Grant goes on to talk about his initial meeting with J.J. Abrams (accompanied by actress Daisy Ridley) where he revealed the part to him and offered him the job:

    It's interesting that Ridley was present at the meeting. Perhaps his character will interact with Rey in some way in the movie, maybe as one of the saga's new villains? Or maybe we'll finally get to meet Rey's junk-trading drunkard of a father? It's anyone's guess at this point, but for now we're left to our own speculation. We do know, however, that Grant will not be playing Grand Admiral Thrawn, since the actor himself dismissed this possibility a few weeks ago when rumors were swirling around the world wide web.





    Special thanks to Sleemo for taking the time to transcribe the interview. You can read the whole excerpt here.





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    Obviously Darth Plaguies.
     
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    I think it is interesting that Daisy was there when he met with JJ
     
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    Maybe Daisy is just a big fan. RJ met both John and Daisy together before they filmed TLJ am not sure if it was during TFA filming. Look at that turned out. Zero lines...
     
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    I guess that could be taken so many ways though. Is he having scenes with Rey because he is part of the First Order group that captures her? Is he part of the Knights of Ren and he role interacts with Rey more than others? Is he part of the Resistance?

    I guess just based on his other roles, how he looks, etc I just assumed he was playing a bad guy, but who knows.
     
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    Would make a great Muun. ;)
     
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    I thought the same about Max Von Sydow in Episode 7 but turns out he only had few minutes of screen time.
     
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    Me too. Plus they were sooooo secretive about Max Von Sydow's character which led to so insane amounts of speculation. With JJ at the helm, there is just no way of telling. He could have a huge part or be in the movie for 3 minutes.
     
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    I guess at the moment he could be anything. May even be Ezra. lol
     
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    I've had a theory about Richard E. Grant since he got cast, and it has to do with his appearance. Because he actually bears some resemblance to a PT era actor who didn't get much screen time, but is actually an ancestor of Luke and Leia. The actor in question is Graeme Blundell, who played Ruwee Naberrie in AOTC (albeit in cut scenes), and was also seen in the funeral procession of Padme at the end of ROTS. Ruwee was Padme's father. And that would make him the grandfather of Luke and Leia. Look at side by side images of Grant and Blundell and there is a strong resemblance there in some of the key features like the eyes, nose and mouth.

    Does Naboo factor into Episode 9? JJ Abrams has hinted that some PT story points may get a callback in E9. And at least one leaked set photo looked like something that could be on Naboo. Could JJ take us there? I certainly see the potential for it. Leia has been without a home ever since Alderaan was destroyed by the Death Star in ANH. But her mother was the Queen of Naboo. Could her story take her there? And could she reconnect with her Naberrie family? The thought has crossed my mind more than once since I saw Richard E. Grant's headshot.
     
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