In an interview with IGN Movies, Fringe‘s John Noble was asked to look back on those recent Star Wars Episode VII rumors and revealed the origin behind how they surfaced in the first place.
“Yeah, I was doing an interview with a fella from Empire Magazine and he told me that he started the rumor. He said that when he found out that J.J. [Abrams] was doing the movie that he’d done up a list about why J.J. was the right person to do Star Wars, and one of the reasons he gave was that he’d use John Noble. [Laughs]“
However, just because he was never actually up for a role in the movie doesn’t mean that he wouldn’t jump at the chance to reteam with J.J. Abrams to become a part of the Star Wars Universe. IGN even mentions the Mark Wahlberg in Transformers 4 rumor that led to Michael Bay offering him the role:
”Really? I mean I’d love to do Star Wars. That would just be epic doing something like that. And it’s not beyond the realm of possibility. I have a terrific relationship with J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot, I really do. So it’s not beyond the realm of possibility. It’s awhile away yet.”
John Noble has already been a part of an epic scale fantasy franchise, Lord of the Rings. As for how Noble would feel about becoming part of this enormous sci-fi/ fantasy franchise, he said:
“Well, I mean Star Wars. If you’re going to do one, do Star Wars. I mean seriously, if you’re going to pick one to do, do that one. Because that’s basically a cultural revolution. It reset pop culture in some ways. So if I had to choose one, it would be that one.”