Now that we know that JJ Abrams will helm Episode IX are thoughts turn to casting his film. Certainly, we don't know the full depth of Rain Johnson’s The Last Jedi, let alone who will survive or appear in the final installment. It is still fun to speculate. So that is what AFJ is doing here, fantasizing about who we want to see in the film. Now, do they have to be featured in the film as main characters? No. However, anything from a cameo to a small role would be perfectly acceptable. #AFJ4LIFE

Tim Roth
Tim Roth has been in big movies before. However, the difference with Mr. Roth is that he disappears in them. Roth becomes a character on a grander scale and one easily forgets that he was ever in the film. One of the best examples of this is Roth’s General Thade in Planet of the Apes. Whether it be a bounty hunter, an alien, or just a leader of a contingent of Stormtroopers, Roth is the type of character actor Star Wars needs.

Paul Giamatti
The brilliance of Paul Giamatti is his ability to make you feel something. It can be anything from disgust to heartfelt longing. Would we cast him as a hero or a villain, then? The brilliance of the Star Wars universe is that it is filled with complex characters and situations. At times things aren’t always as black and white as they seem. It’s a perfect universe to play in if you are Paul Giamatti.

Brit Marling
Whatever the story of Episode IX is, it will undoubtedly feature characters facing turmoil and heartache. Brit Marling’s performance in Another Earth sets her apart from the stereotypical Kristen Stewarts of Hollywood. If there is a character struggling with temptations from the dark side, Brit Marling might be a perfect choice.

Helen Mirren
To play the new chancellor of the republic would be too easy. For Helen Mirren, we would offer anything from lost Jedi to vengeful Imperial Commander. There is simply nothing she cannot play. Even if the part is incredibly small, Mirren would bring a weight and gravitas to the role like no other actress could.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt
He might be Hollywood’s next Tom Hanks, but, outside of The Dark Knight Rises, Gordon-Levitt has no trilogy or series of films under his belt. If the next franchise is a new starting point for a new set of stories, then, by all means, get Gordon-Levitt in the cast.

Tom Wilkinson
There will undoubtedly be gangsters and or shady politicians in Episode IX. Who better to be either one than Tom Wilkinson? A tough-as-nails sort who is far removed from the ways of the old Republic.

Marion Cotillard
She has proven that she is up to both genre pics and other sci-fi adventures. Cotillard also has that other-worldly charm and believability needed for Star Wars. She can be both caring and hard. If anyone is the perfect successor to Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia arch-type, it is Cotillard.

Paul Bettany
Bettany cannot carry a movie on his own. However, in a supporting role, Bettany comes on like gangbusters. Perhaps his true talent lies in doing a lot with a little. The Star Wars universe is vast and populated with numerous side characters that have lasting impressions. Give Bettany a chance and we might have just found our next Lando, Boba Fett, or Kai-Adi Mundi.

Alfred Molina
There is a universe of both scum and villainy out there. Molina is a chameleon who always gives us a two-sided bad guy; a character who truly believes that his means to an end is the right one. I won’t condemn him to yet another villainous role, but one that is still shady as all hell would be preferable.

Michael Emerson
Those of us that watched Lost know that Emerson can play the sleazeball mastermind perfectly. Either cast him as a self-serving senator or as a member of the Black Sun crime syndicate. Episode IX could use another guy we love to hate. Emerson can play such a character. 

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