Ant-Man and the Wasp actress Evangeline Lilly has revealed that she once used her connections to get a role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. She wanted to get cast as Leia. Well, this was before Disney and Lucasfilm announced that several of the iconic Star Wars characters were returning for The Force Awakens including Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford).
During an appearance at Fan Expo Boston (Courtesy to Youtube user David Anthos), Lilly revealed that when she came to knew J.J. Abrams was directing Episode VII, she reached out to Abrams’ producing partner who she first met while filming Lost. While the Wasp actress didn’t reveal the name of the producing partner whom she approached, it’s likely that it was Bryan Burk, who produced both Lost and The Force Awakens.
“When JJ [Abrams] was first announced that he was gonna do his first Star Wars film, I reached out to his producing partner, for the first time ever since LOST ended, I never requested anything ever before, and I said, ‘I wanna be Leia! Make me Leia!‘” Lilly said.
Lilly’s quest to bag Leia’s role in The Force Awakens ended when it was finally announced that the filmmakers have roped in Fisher again to reprise her iconic role as Leia Organa.
Lilly’s role in Ant-Man and the Wasp was a full-fledged role and not a supporting one. When one of her fans at Fan Expo Boston asked about her idea on a Wasp standalone film, she said she doesn’t think that’s a good idea.
“I like the MCU and I’d like to stay,” the Wasp actress said. “But I actually don’t like the idea of a Wasp standalone film, because Ant-Man and Wasp, since the very beginning in the comic books, were always a team. And really, they’re kind of one of the only proper and true teams in the MCU, otherwise, it’s mostly a lot of individuals. And I love the team aspect of it, I love watching the interplay between Wasp and Ant-Man and Ant-Man and the Wasp. For me, it’s the most fun part of the film.”
Lilly said she would be ready to break up the Ant-Man and the Wasp team in future only for an all-female Avengers film.
“So I don’t love the idea of breaking them up — except if there was an all-female Avengers film,” Lilly said. “Then I’m in.”
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