I didn’t expect to get casting news today, but here we are. This report originated with The Sun, which so far has rarely been correct in its Star Wars reporting. The rumor is that UK comedy actor Ade Edmondson has secured a role in Star Wars: Episode VIII. The Independent reports:
In one of the more unexpected casting moves of the day, reports suggest that actor and comedian Ade Edmondson has secured a role in Star Wars Episode VIII.
The star of Nineties sitcom Bottom will appear in a “top secret” role, according to The Sun.
“Ade is one of the most-loved comedy stars in the UK,” stated a source. “But even he would admit Star Wars is a surprise move for him.”
The report also states that Edmondson was cast by Producer of Episode VIII, J.J. Abrams.
Journeying to a galaxy far far away would be a huge coup for Edmondson; his recent media appearances have largely been restricted to reality shows such as The Great Sport Relief Bake Off and Celebrity Masterchef–he won both–but a role in BBC’s War & Peace saw him return to his acting roots.
A spokeswoman for Edmondson has refused to comment.
We’re not quite sure what to make of this one yet, but comedy actors in Star Wars are always very interesting, so I’m looking forward to find out if there’s any merit to this rumor.