While the concept of the actual Hulk with Jedi powers is completely terrifying, the kind and (relatively) docile man that portrays Bruce Banner might not be so bad. Mark Ruffalo recently admitted to sending an e-mail to Episode VIII and IX writer/director Rian Johnson, whom he worked with previously on The Brother’s Bloom, asking for a role in the upcoming films:
My e-mail to Rian after all these years was: “Rian, congratulations on everything you’ve been doing. And by the way, if there’s a part in ‘Star Wars,’ please, anything, please consider considering me to join you.”
Honestly, I can't fault the guy. If my friend was directing [Star Wars: Episode VIII](movie:711868), I would be at their front door with a PS4 and flowers. "Oh, hey, haven't seen you in a while..."
It's pretty cool that Ruffalo is a Star Wars fan (I mean, who isn't?). He went on to geek out even further over the ongoing development of digital effects tech, in relation to the Star Wars and Avengers universes:
After this last ‘Avengers’ and the work we’re doing with that, and the advancement of the technology even since the first ‘Avengers,’ I’m so excited about where we can go with motion capture. I hope that I’m on the front line of this kind of new frontier of creativity and performance that is completely boundless.
Seems like the Hulk wasn't enough for Mark Ruffalo's mocap game! With movies like Star Wars, where key characters go well beyond the humanoid type, these kinds of opportunities are boundless.
Those within Hollywood's geek circle are often good friends, and some very cool cameos have surfaced because of this. [Guardians of the Galaxy](movie:424073) is a great example of this kind of culture: James Gunn brought in what seemed like as many friends as he could, to the point where spotting cameos was almost as fast-paced a challenge as spotting easter eggs. The Toxic Avenger's Lloyd Kaufman, Castle's Nathan Fillion, Everyone's Geeky BFF Seth Green, Rob Zombie, and Sean Gunn (James' brother, who not only provided most of the mocap but also portrayed Yondu's first mate Kraglin) are all part of the long list that Gunn strung together for the film, alongside the staple Stan Lee cameo.
Peter Jackson also gave comedian, superfan and fluent Elvish speaker Stephen Colbert - along with his wife and kids - a cameo in The Desolation of Smaug. Colbert is a die-hard Tolkien nerd, who has proven even the cast of Lord of the Rings to be feeble in comparison to his extensive knowledge of the universe.
With that in mind, I hope Ruffalo does make it in, even for a cameo! Not only is he one of my favorite actors, he also seems to be a great guy and a serious nerd. His connection to Disney through The Avengers certainly doesn't hurt his case either. Since he seems to want to do motion capture, I'd love to see him take on some kind of Republic ambassador from a planet that hasn't been introduced yet.
Do you have any favorite actors you'd like to see in upcoming Star Wars films? Let me know in the comments!