Date: 16th September 2004

Gary Oldman pulls out of Star Wars film

Gary Oldman has pulled out of the next Star Wars movie because he refuses to work overseas illegally.

The Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban star had agreed to be the voice of evil Jedi knight killer General Grievous in Star Wars: Revenge Of The Sith, but quit the production because it was made outside the Screen Actor's Guild rules reports

Oldman's spokesman said: "Gary was excited and looking forward to working on the film. The snag is that the movie is being made without members of the Screen Actor's Guild. It means Gary would have been working illegally overseas.

Out of respect and solidarity with the other members, he could not and would not consider violating the rules of his union."

Source: Press Release