Here’s Who Fans Desperately Want Adam Driver to Play Onscreen Next
Now that Adam Driver is putting Star Wars behind him, he’s looking ahead to the Oscars, where he’s nominated for a second time for his role in Marriage Story, opposite Scarlett Johansson.
However, fans would like to see Adam Driver back in franchise land, and there’s a unique suggestion: a young President Snow in the Hunger Games prequel.
However, that doesn’t sound like something Driver would agree to, given that he usually shies away from Hollywood tentpoles. And besides that, not every fan thinks this is a great idea. It also doesn’t sound like it would lend itself well to another Undercover Boss spoof on Saturday Night Live.
Adam Driver for president
Screen Rant looked around social media and found tweets about the Hunger Games prequel that is in development. The story focuses not on the Everdeen family, but on President Snow, played by Donald Sutherland in the Jennifer Lawrence-led series. Entertainment Weekly posted concept art, and an unnamed Twitter user imagined Driver in the part.
Some fans liked the idea and other fans didn’t. Twitter user @vicrulren posted a screenshot of the Driver/Snow image and responded, simply “I f***** hate it here” That’s the sort of response that makes people say, “Tell us how you really feel.”
Fans pointed out that Driver does not at all resemble Donald Sutherland, who played Snow in the movies. It makes one wonder if either Kiefer Sutherland wasn’t available or whether they could de-age Donald Sutherland.
On top of all that, while we’re definitely getting a prequel book by Suzanne Collins, a prequel movie is not a definite. While Lionsgate is interested, the project has not been greenlit yet.
While the Hunger Games movies did very well, the YA phenomenon that powered it seems to have cooled off. For instance, the Divergent series by the same studio did well enough at first, but interest declined so much that the final chapter of that story never got made.
Adam Driver is more of an actor than a celebrity
In Adam Driver’s filmography, Star Wars is something of an outlier. It’s arguably the only blatantly commercial product he has made. The part of Kylo Ren fascinated him because of the character’s tortured soul. He told Empire magazine, “When they think of their actions as morally justified, it makes them dangerous and unpredictable. There’s no level they won’t go to to accomplish what they’re after. I never thought of the character as an evil person.”
Driver seems to prefer working with acclaimed directors like Steven Spielberg (Lincoln), Martin Scorsese (Silence) and Noah Baumbach (most recently on Marriage Story.) His taste skews more to the independent film than the big franchise machine, so even if the Hunger Games prequel were to get made into a movie, Driver probably wouldn’t even be offered the part, so he wouldn’t have a chance to refuse it.
Few actors would turn down a franchise as iconic as Star Wars, and Driver was game enough about it to spoof Kylo Ren on Saturday Night Live – twice. Having been through the juggernaut of all franchises, Driver can say he’s had that experience and movie on to smaller-scale projects.
Adam Driver shies away from the spotlight
Driver made headlines late last year when he bailed on an NPR interview because he couldn’t stand listening to a clip of his own acting, which in this case was a clip from his Oscar-nominated performance in Marriage Story, where his and Johansson’s characters are going through a painful and often ugly divorce.
Some people criticized Driver for being unprofessional, because hearing clips of yourself is part and parcel of publicity. However, Driver seems to have almost a phobia of that process.
He said in an earlier NPR interview “Yeah, no, I’ve watched myself or listened to myself before, then always hate it,” Driver said. “And then wish I could change it, but you can’t. And I think I have, like, a tendency to try to make things better or drive myself and the other people around me crazy with the things I wanted to change or I wish I could change.”
With all this as background, it might be better to lay ideas about Driver as president Snow aside. It would give Driver and certain Twitter users a chance to relax.