Gaten Matarazzo from Stranger Things Wants to Join Star Wars Cast

Stranger Things star Gaten Matarazzo, who attended the premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi in Hollywood last December, wants in on Star Wars.

Asked when he’s going to get a call for Star Wars during an appearance at Salt Lake City’s FanX convention last weekend, Matarazzo said, “I want to know that too. I’m not kidding.”

The 16-year-old actor admitted he’s “obsessed” with the franchise, which he attributes to an introduction made by a family member during childhood. “My uncle from Michigan came to visit me for a summer when I was six years old, and he got me obsessed with Star Wars,” Matarazzo said.

The panel, hosted on the eve of Matarazzo’s birthday, was interrupted by a visit by multiple Star Wars characters bearing gifts — including a squad of Stormtroopers led by Darth Vader.

“I just hugged Darth Vader and didn’t die,” Matarazzo joked. “Luke Skywalker who?”

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