While everyone’s gearing up for the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story later this month, actors Michael Shannon and Adam Driver are out promoting their latest Oscar-baiting fare — Nocturnal Animals and Paterson respectively. Whether or not moviegoers anxious to see the first non-saga Star Wars film will ever see these acclaimed dramas is largely unknown (though easily predictable), but they’ll at least know Driver as the villainous Kylo Ren in last year’s The Force Awakens. Hence why they’ll be interested to hear his and Shannon’s off-the-cuff pitch for a Star Wars crossover with the HBO series that first gave him a boost, Girls.
It all started when Shannon — famous for his intense-but-playful interview style — asked Driver in a new “Actors on Actors” video by Variety how Girls “changed [his] career.” The younger actor admitted “it opened a lot of doors” for him, and proceeded to discuss the subtle differences between an audience’s reception of, and connection to, television and movies. Which is all very interesting, but not so much to Shannon, who pushed onward: “Have you ever asked J.J. [Abrams] or Disney for permission to do Kylo Ren on Girls? Could you cross the two?”
Without missing a beat, Driver took the bait and played along, claiming Girls‘ Lena Dunham wanted to do something along those lines. “A sex scene with Kylo Ren?” Shannon asked. “Yeah,” Driver continued,” he just shows up and he’s like, ‘Where’s my spaceship?'”
Sex scene notwithstanding, the pair then spit-balled much funnier ideas about what Kylo Ren’s appearance on Girls might look like. Cars, supermarkets, walking the dog and the other seemingly menial, everyday tasks that plague Driver and Dunham’s Girls characters would be so utterly alien to the evil offspring of Han Solo and Leia Organa. Sounds fun, no? At least it wouldn’t be as in-your-face as Allison Williams’ butt-eating scene.