Michael Fassbender is no stranger to fantasy franchises with X-Men, Alien, and (potentially) Assassin’s Creed. Yet, he could have been in the BIGGEST sci-fi franchise of all time since Fassbender was in talks to be in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Even though The Force Awakens was — you know — pretty AMAZING without the talented actor, now we can’t help but wonder how it would have been if Fassbender had been handed a lightsaber.
In an interview for the MTV podcast Happy Sad Confused, Fassbender told Josh Horowitz that J.J. Abrams had talked to him about being in The Force Awakens, but Fassbender believes he was busy when the movie began filming. Although the star of Assassin’s Creed was coy and didn’t unveil the name of the character, it sounds like he was considered for a specific part.
Our number one pick for the character that Fassbender could have been is General Armitage Hux.
In the film, this bad guy was portrayed with stone-cold creepiness and ruthlessness by Domhnall Gleeson.
Yet, can’t you see Fassbender in the part?
Maybe it’s just because they both have red hair and are Irish, but we can’t resist speculating that this would have been the role that Abrams and Fassbender discussed. Sure, it would have been a smaller-ish part for Fassbender, but he would have been buds with Adam Driver’s leading villain — Kylo Ren.
What adds to the fun of this theory is that Fassbender and Gleeson have been in a movie together before — Frank. In it, Gleeson’s character joins Frank’s band (played by Fassbender), despite the fact that Frank wears a strange papier-mâché head all the time.
While we are SO curious about what part Fassbender would have had in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it was a classy move not to reveal it. Because his early casting conversations shouldn’t take away from the performances of any of the actors in the movie — including Gleeson’s.
However, if it was Hux, then this isn’t the first time such rumors have existed since another ginger-ish actor, Eddie Redmayne, may have also been up for the role.
Welp, the force sure is strong with Gleeson. And don’t worry about Fassbender — he’s doing quite alright even if he couldn’t make time in his busy schedule to be in Star Wars.