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The biggest movie news in Hollywood has to be Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm and its plans to release a new Star Wars trilogy beginning in 2015. That’s had ripple effects on every actor who might have thought their time with the film franchise was long over.
One of those people is Jimmy Smits, who in addition to recurring role on FX’s Sons of Anarchy is also known in the Star Wars universe as Senator Bail Organa. He’s continued that role in various Star Wars video games, so it shouldn’t be much of a stretch to assume he’d take a role in Star Wars: Episode VII if the opportunity presented itself.
Well, he will. Spinoff Online had the chance to ask Smits about the Disney purchase during a Sons of Anarchy conference call, and he said he’d take a part in the new movie if those developing it have a place for him.
As far as Smits is concerned, “My character was gone after episode whatever. If they want to call, let them call.”
We last saw Bail Organa in Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith, he adopted Anakin and Padme’s daughter Leia. Considering that his home planet Alderaan was destroyed at the beginning of A New Hope, we doubt Bail is still kicking in the Star Wars universe. But still, stranger things have been done for the sake of a cameo.
Smits revealed he didn’t find out about the Disney acquisition until well after it had been announced, saying, “My kids were the one that told me. They started texting me because, I don’t know, they must be on blog sites or something.”
He had nothing but kind things to say about the news, and reflected fondly on his time working with George Lucas.
“Congratulations to George, because that was like a mega deal. It’s great that it will kind of live on in a different kind of incarnation,” he said. “He built that in so many ways, and not only built that franchise, but because of the success of the franchise, he was able to do so much for the film industry, really. This whole thing about digitalization, one of those films that I worked on, the prototypes for that HD camera was something that we were using, so he pushed the envelope in so many technical ways, not only with regards to the film industry. He’s got a lot of balls that he’s juggling, so it’s a good thing that he’s able to find a way to kind of pass that franchise along.”
Smits continued, “There’s more stories to tell, of course, I think. You look at the 007 franchise and it’s going on for  years. I mean, there are a lot of people that grew up watching that, so I know that he didn’t pass that on without a lot of caveats. I think there will be involvement with George down the line.”
Smits, who plays Nero Padilla on Sons of Anarchy, reflected on how his experience in Star Wars is similar to his experience on FX’s hit biker drama. Just like he’ll never ride a motorcycle on Sons, he never got to swing a lightsaber in his two Star Wars movies.
“When I first had my first conversation with George, it was like, ‘He’s going to talk to you, he’s going to call you on the phone, and you’ll talk to him,’ so the conversation was kind of like, ‘I really like your work, and I’ve watched you before and I’d like you to join our family, but this conversation is not going to continue unless you are cool with the fact that there will not be a lightsaber involved in the conversation.’ So that’s the way we started that,” he remembered.