The King's Speech actor, who has appeared on stage, TV and film during his six-decade career, admits he's eager to star in Star Wars: Episode 7 - which is set for release through Disney in 2015 following George Lucas' sale of his production company - and he has asked his agent to do all he can to land him a role.
He tells the BBC, ""My ears pricked up when it said that Disney was buying Star Wars... Yes, on to the agent immediately.""
And the 74 year old admits he's envious of his revered knighted pals' big blockbuster roles, adding, ""I'd love to do my big franchise movie. Ian's got his Gandalf (in Lord Of The Rings), Pat Stewart has his Star Trek, Michael Gambon has got his Dumbledore (in Harry Potter).
""They are running out of these old men, you see. I have to be the next.""