WWE Superstar Sheamus is one of the most popular wrestlers in the sport, and his recent trip to his home country of Ireland, and the comments he made on Twitter, have fueled rumors that he could be portraying Darth Vader in the new Star Wars: Episode VII movie, scheduled for a December 2015 release.
On July 28, Sheamus posted a photo of himself in front of Ireland’s famous Cliffs of Moher and mentioned traveling to Skellig Michael Island:
Parts of Star Wars: Episode VII are being filmed on the remote Skellig Michael Island, which is creating controversy among locals, according to the BBC:
Filming on the island - a former monastic settlement - has been brought forward several weeks, and conservationists say that threatens rare birds that are in the middle of their breeding season.
Stephen Newton, a seabirds expert with Birdwatch Ireland, said he could not get onto the island to check the important colony.
"This is totally inappropriate in terms of the timing," he said.
With Sheamus talking about visiting the remote island and his previous history of portraying Darth Vader for a Star Wars: Episode I promotional tour, according to Marc Middleton of WrestlingInc.com, speculation has run rampant.
Instead of clearing the air, Sheamus created another smokescreen.
Using Twitter, the 36-year-old commented on the situation in the vaguest way possible:
Rumors swirled further when he tweeted out a photo later the same day of his very own Darth Vader lightsaber:
Sheamus touched on the rumor that he would play the Sith Lord, and he also foreshadowed his next trip to Australia:
As one of the company’s top ambassadors and an international superstar, Sheamus has played a crucial role in the WWE’s continued growth overseas. After Sheamus returned from his trip to Ireland, WWE almost immediately began a tour in Australia, where Sheamus was featured as a main attraction.
Sheamus is always one of the most popular wrestlers on the international shows, but perhaps his biggest contribution came behind the scenes when he spent time with Brody and Beni of the Make-A-Wish Foundation:
It has been a wild stretch for the United States champion, but the WWE Universe will be happy to have the Celtic Warrior back on Raw and SmackDown when he returns. He is one of the most entertaining performers today, and most fans enjoy and respect the work he does in the ring.
Sheamus fueling the rumors that he will be playing Darth Vader likely indicates the speculation is false, but wrestling fans should be hoping he plays the character due to the possible impact it could have on how he is portrayed by the WWE.
If Star Wars were a wrestling show, Darth Vader would be the top heel. The hope would be that if Sheamus plays the role and is a success, the company would try to capitalize on it and use the movie as the groundwork for an eventual heel turn.
Few wrestlers need a character change more than Sheamus, and playing Darth Vader would be the perfect catalyst for a turn. It’s a long shot, but WWE would likely do whatever it could to utilize the Star Wars marketing if Sheamus landed the role.
In the meantime, Sheamus will just continue to add fuel to the fire, fella.
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