Jason Flemyng appears to confirm Matthew Vaughn for Star Wars.
Here’s a fascinating slap of accidental gossip. You don’t often get much out of actors when they’re poncing down the red carpet. Indeed, this might be the only major scoop ever secured under those circumstances. It’s usually “oh it was …
Here’s a fascinating slap of accidental gossip. You don’t often get much out of actors when they’re poncing down the red carpet. Indeed, this might be the only major scoop ever secured under those circumstances. It’s usually “oh it was divine working with Brad” and “heavens, Tom is so tall”. Here comes Jason Flemyng — a very underrated actor, incidentally — on the red carpet for the premiere of Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths. A soft-ball conversation about the next X-Men film segues into a chat about the upcoming Star Wars flick. Flemyng has worked with Matthew Vaughn — director of the puzzlingly lauded Kick Ass — on nine occasions and the two chaps are apparently very close. There has been much chatter concerning rumours that Vaughn will take over the Star Wars reins, but nothing has been said officially. Jason appears to confirm that it us all over bar the paperwork and then makes some embarrassed efforts to coax the feline bag into the sack.
It seems unlikely that — if Flemyng is speaking the truth — Disney will drop Vaughn simply because the news leaked in an unauthorised fashion. Still, you never know. There are piles of bodies in landfill sites that once belonged to people who crossed the Maus Haus (not really). Is it a good idea? Well, plenty of sensible movie fans believe that Kick Ass (puerile) and X-Men: First Class (underpowered) are masterpieces of the superhero genre. To my mind, he has yet to show any real flair. Mind you, who else could they have picked? J J Abrams appeared to rule himself out. Joss Whedon is releasing The Avengers 2 in the same year that the Star Wars film is due. Stanley Kubrick is dead. So, Disney’s options were limited. Never mind. Do not forget that the most celebrated film in the cycle, The Empire Strikes Back, was directed by the (still) largely unheralded Irvin Kershner. The great Bond films of the 1960s were helmed by decent, but unspectacular, British stalwarts such as Guy Hamilton and Peter Hunt. So, the picture could well be a triumph.
Then again, Jason may be talking through his hat. We should know one way or the other fairly soon.