Gabriel Luna has starred in a couple of the biggest franchises in the world – from playing Marvel superhero Ghost Rider on the TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to his role as an advanced killing machine in the movie Terminator: Dark Fate.
Now, Luna, who currently stars in The Last of Us as Tommy, is shooting his shot and asking for an opportunity to star in another massive entertainment franchise – Star Wars.
During a recent interview on The Last of Pods, Luna revealed that he wants to be in a Star Wars project so badly, he wrote a letter to Lucasfilm executive producer Dave Filoni to let him know how interested he is.
“I wrote a letter to Dave … a while back, and it’s a dream of mine,” Luna said on the podcast. “I mean, there’s all kinds of possibilities there. I’m just wishful thinking and hoping. I will always prepare as if I have the job. If that day should ever come, I’ll be ready.”
When Luna wrote the letter, he knew exactly which character he wanted to portray in a live-action project. He told Filoni that his dream role was Ezra Bridger, a Jedi Padawan in the animated series Star Wars Rebels.
“This was me throwing my hat in for a certain Ezra Bridger,” he said. “This was years ago, not ever knowing if they would ever do anything with Ezra. He’s probably my, besides Luke, favorite character. Well, actually, I’m sorry, R2, Luke, Ezra Bridger.”
Unfortunately for Luna, Ezra is going to be portrayed by Eman Esfandi (King Richard) in the upcoming Disney+ series Ahsoka starring Rosario Dawson in the title role. Luna, however, has a Plan B.
“I’m a big fan of the new High Republic stuff,” he said. “There’s another great character there that I think I might be angling towards.”
He revealed the character to be Elzar Mann, a Jedi Master in the comic book series Star Wars: The High Republic.
Here’s to hoping Luna gets to wield a lightsaber sometime in his career, especially considering that his latest project The Last of Us drew 4.7 million viewers on Sunday night during its premiere episode. That’s a man that knows how to pick his projects. And maybe Pedro Pascal, who plays The Mandalorian, can put in a good word.