Mark Ruffalo desperately wants Rian Johnson to cast him in Star Wars: Episode VIII

Mark Ruffalo is making no bones about his desire to appear in Star Wars: Episode VIII , revealing that he has personally asked director Rian Johnson to cast him.

Johnson and Ruffalo previously worked together on The Brothers Bloom , and according to Ruffalo, he’s only too happy to trade on an old friendship…

“Desperately,” said Ruffalo, when asked whether he would be interested in the project. “My e-mail to Rian after all these years was, 'Rian, congratulations on everything you’ve been doing. And by the way, if there’s a part in Star Wars , please, anything, please consider considering me to join you.'”

“It’d be nice to have something, and honestly, even a CGI role,” he continues. “I am thrilled about motion capture. It’s been a journey for me to get there."

"After this last Avengers and the work we’re doing with that, and the advancement of the technology even since the first Avengers , I’m so excited about where we can go with motion capture.”

“I hope that I’m on the front line of this kind of new frontier of creativity and performance that is completely boundless. I'd definitely be interested in doing something like that for Star Wars .”

Hopefully Johnson will make his dream come true. In the meantime, Star Wars: Episode VII will open in the UK on 18 December 2015.