Andrew Lincoln revealed his dream role last night during the two-hour Talking Dead special – which followed the Season 8 premiere of The Walking Dead. What role does he have his eye on? He’d love to play a Jedi Knight in Star Wars.
The 44-year-old actor has an impressive filmography, which includes roles in Love Actually, Gangster No. 1 and Made in Dagenham, but it’s his role as Rick Grimes in AMC’s The Walking Dead that has truly made him a household name.
But Lincoln admits if he wasn’t starring in the horror show he would like nothing more than getting his hands on a lightsaber in the sci-fi franchise.
Lincoln recalled he and his co-star Dave Morrissey – who played The Governor in Seasons 3 and 4 of The Walking Dead– were surprised they never got roles in Harry Potter as Brits but they hope they will be in Star Wars in the future.
After being asked what he would be doing if he hadn’t landed the role on The Walking Dead, Lincoln said: “Dave Morrissey and I … we used to sort of joke that we were the only actors in British Equity that hadn’t been in the ‘Harry Potter’ franchise, so maybe I would have been wizarding about Hogwarts or hobbit-ing about Middle Earth. And I always fancied the idea of getting my hands around a lightsaber.”
The hit zombie apocalypse show premiered its eight season last night on AMC, and although the series has penned up to 13 seasons altogether, show creator Robert Kirkman revealed at San Diego Comic Con that Lincoln’s character will not survive to the end.
He said: “I’ve said before, Rick does not survive to the end. It was years ago so you guys probably forgot, but I foresee there being more story after his eventual demise.”
Lincoln himself also suggested the survival could be passed to his on-screen son Carl [Chandler Riggs] and would follow him and Lincoln also admitted he thinks the audience deserve an “end game”.
He said: “There comes a point where there are too many grey hairs on your chin. I think the audience deserves an end game. It’s a lot of time to invest in a story without some kind of resolution.”