Domhnall Gleeson On Landing The Role Of A Lifetime In STAR WARS VII

The notoriously private Dublin-born actor doesn't reveal any specific details about his role, but he does comment on only finding out he won the part the day before the table read with his fellow cast members. Click on for more..

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By Mark "RorMachine" Cassidy - 5/2/2014

When the Star Wars: Episode VII cast was announced the other day, one of the surprise names on the list was former Harry Potter alum Domhnall Gleeson. The son of the great Brendan Gleeson had already begun to make a name for himself with roles in the likes of About Time, and a brief but chilling turn in Irish flick Calvary, but joining the galaxy far far away is by far his biggest gig yet. While talking to Ray Darcy on Dublin radio show 2FM, the actor describes the feeling of finding out he nabbed the role just one day before he had to join his cast-mates for a table read in London. "I'm still struggling to come to terms with it," Gleeson admitted. "It all happened really quickly for me. It was like the day before and then I'm at a table reading with Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill. It was madness but it was great." So who is Glesson playing? He's quizzed about it, and asked if he will be playing the son of Mark Hamill's Luke Skywalker, but obviously he has to keep schtum. "I'm afraid if I say anything I'll give away the plot of the whole movie. I've got two years of this ahead of me. The movie is released in December 2015 -- that's the amount of time I have to keep my mouth shut!" The popular theory is that Gleeson will indeed be playing the son of Skywalker, but I'm hearing whispers that he may actually be joining Adam Diver on the dark side! Nothing concrete, but there you go. Which side of the force do you think he'll wind up on?
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Darktower - 5/2/2014, 2:22 AM
first ! and dont [frick] it up Domhnall !!
jj2112 - 5/2/2014, 2:31 AM
We all know it's Abrams who'll frick it up...
Doopie - 5/2/2014, 2:32 AM
Domhnall, don't [frick] it up!
Mrcool210 - 5/2/2014, 2:33 AM
he was [frick]ing awesome in about time, i hope he's just as good here.
Antoin - 5/2/2014, 2:35 AM
Did anyone see him Black Mirror? Worth a watch.
MrSundayMovies - 5/2/2014, 2:38 AM
He's great. Plus as Antoin said, terrific in Black Mirror (that episode also has Hayley Atwell).
charlie2094 - 5/2/2014, 2:38 AM
Good addition, every aspect of this is shaping up brilliantly
MrNiklander - 5/2/2014, 2:41 AM
@jj2112
Starkasm - 5/2/2014, 2:50 AM
I haven't seen About Time. I thought it was a chick flick.
GUNSMITH - 5/2/2014, 2:55 AM
IF ANYONE WAS HIRED TO BE IN STAR WARS YOUR BEYOND LUCKY
Titanace - 5/2/2014, 3:01 AM
I wanted the ROCK.....lol.
Mrcool210 - 5/2/2014, 3:08 AM
@Starkasm see it as soon as you can, that film gets an ultimate recommendation from me, one of the best films of last year.
Nomis1800 - 5/2/2014, 3:15 AM
Would be quite awesome if he's the son of Luke but joins the Dark Side of the Force. I thought those were the initial rumors about the story as well. I really want to see Ridley take the main role.
NeoBaggins - 5/2/2014, 3:18 AM
December? STAR WARS is a summertime franchise. Oh well, at least it'll take the reins from the Hobbit when it concludes this December.

Four years of Holiday season epics.
Jwe75 - 5/2/2014, 3:27 AM
Carrie was one hot mamma back then..
ArmGunar - 5/2/2014, 3:29 AM
December for SW7 is an exception ^^

After that and for 2016/17/18, it'll be Avatar 2/3/4 !

So Star Wars becomes again a summer time franchise :P
Alienman - 5/2/2014, 3:58 AM
Why is Lando not at this reading?
Starkasm - 5/2/2014, 4:11 AM
MrCool

Well seeing as you used a Matt Smith gif I will give it a go.
SuperCat - 5/2/2014, 4:12 AM
Don't think I've ever seen him in anything. Good for him though.

CrimsonFlash - 5/2/2014, 4:20 AM
He was one of my out side the box DD picks. Looks like he's fixin to be a damn movie star now though.
TheAbaryMan369 - 5/2/2014, 4:52 AM
The guy is a very talented actor. I'm hoping he'll play Ben Skywalker (Luke's son).
sagart1994 - 5/2/2014, 4:57 AM
I met him in Dublin last week and got his autograph; really nice fella. That autograph has now taken on a whole other significance!! :)
loki668 - 5/2/2014, 5:12 AM
He's playing Jar-Jar.
Enphlieuwince - 5/2/2014, 5:38 AM
Wait! So, he's NOT disappointed about losing out on Dr. Doom in the new Glamtastic Four movie? Unbelievable...
pirooks - 5/2/2014, 5:54 AM
@loki668 really he's playing a character from I-III in a movie series that will takes place at least sixty years after? Thumbs up for the original joke though! A Jar-Jar joke in Star Wars thread? Jesus! How clever.
RetroFit - 5/2/2014, 6:46 AM
Too bad Carrie Fisher looks like Ozzy now (pic from 2 months ago):





Latest info on the latest relapse for Carrie Fisher (2 months ago):
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2563532/Pictured-Carrie-Fisher-caught-acting-erratically-laughs-concerns-drug-relapse.html
JatevinM - 5/2/2014, 6:59 AM
We all know he will in some way be related to Obi-Wan. Have you seen this man with a beard lol? He looks like he could definitely be a relative possibly a son of Obi-Wan
AlexdoxA - 5/2/2014, 7:06 AM
I'm so happy for him... he was awesome in the Harry Potter series where we watched him grow into what he is now. Godspeed Ron Weasley!! You truly deserve to be there.
HachibiTheMC - 5/2/2014, 7:14 AM
so, I'm a bit unfamiliar with this guy. Was he the eldest Weasley brother (the one w/ the scars) in the HP movies?

If so, I always thought he'd make a great Kenobi or Skywalker. Don't ask me why. He just has that look about him.
fettastic - 5/2/2014, 7:25 AM
So since he's a ginger, does that mean Skywalker was tapping Mara Jade's ass?
Starfox - 5/2/2014, 7:25 AM
His career just blew through the roof.
CavEl - 5/2/2014, 7:31 AM
I just want to see John Boyega kick ass and take names. For all the hype that Windu got, he never lived up to the hype and his death was embarrassing.

Boyega better be a Jedi, not Lando's son.
HachibiTheMC - 5/2/2014, 7:37 AM
@Retro

Read the article in the link. So sad. I knew she had addiction issues, but never knew about the neurological stuff. Shock therapy?! Whoa!! That's [frick]in crazy (no pun intended)!!

Smh. As Rick James famously quoted... "cocaine's a helluva drug"
HachibiTheMC - 5/2/2014, 7:39 AM
@Fett

That's what I was thinking too. Gets his force aptitude from Dad (Luke), height from Grandpa (Ani), and hair from Mom (Mara)
HachibiTheMC - 5/2/2014, 7:40 AM
@CavEl

Cosign
Gusto - 5/2/2014, 7:47 AM
The irish can't be trusted!!
fettastic - 5/2/2014, 7:58 AM
Pretty rare to find Star Wars related video I haven't seen before....but video of Carrie in her gold bikini? HOLY SCHNIKES!