"I could be Jabba the Hutt's handmaiden," Thompson suggested. "I could squeeze those frogs for him."
She has two Oscars, an Emmy, two Golden Globes, three BAFTAs, and a Damehood from the Queen herself... but she isn't good enough for Star Wars.
Emma Thompson has revealed she wanted to be in "The Last Jedi" -- and Disney said "thanks but no thanks."
The acclaimed actress told of her painful rejection while sitting for Wired's Autocomplete Interview with Mindy Kaling, after learning that "Is Emma Thompson in Star Wars?" was one of Google's most searched questions on her.
"No! No!" she answered angrily. "Why do they think I'm in Star Wars?"
But she immediately admitted "You know why? And this is true: My agent actually said to the last people who were making the last Star Wars — I get very confused because obviously there's so many spin-offy things — and said 'She'd be really interested in being in Star Wars.' Because I actually really like Star Wars."
"And they said 'no'. So I'm not in Star Wars because they don't want me to be in Star Wars."
Her fascinated "Late Night" co-star was thinking what every Star Wars fan was thinking, even if her reaction was a little more specific.
"Wait, I have to say, if Emma Thompson was in 'Star Wars', as — do you know when the young Jedi has lost their will to live and they end up in a forest somewhere and then someone appears to them to teach them? You would be great at that."
Emma agreed, but had her own suggestion. "Yes; or I could be Jabba the Hutt's handmaiden. I wouldn't mind doing that, because he's fun, he would be fun to be with. Then I could squeeze those frogs for him."
The "Howard's End" star belied her feigned confusion over the title of "The Last Jedi" with her intimate knowledge that the Tatooine crime lord's preferred throne room snack was indeed a Klatooine paddy frog in "Return of the Jedi", and that he didn't actually have anyone in his employ to wring them out before consumption.
Kaling's first thought was that the uniform would probably match that of Carrie Fisher's Princess Leia from the same scene.
"And you would like to wear that bikini top?" she asked.