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Let's figure out what "big franchise film," codenamed "Huckleberry," Werner Herzog is in

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Werner Herzog’s career contains multitudes: The German filmmaker risked his life to craft some of the ‘70s’ and ‘80s’ most daring films, before emerging as one of our most ambitious modern documentarians. What often gets lost in the maelstrom of the man is his acting, which has found him playing it straight (Jack Reacher), playing himself (Incident At Loch Ness), or lending his craggy, muppet-like musings to animated series like The Boondocks, Metalocalypse, and even a recent episode of Rick And Morty, the latter of which found him, an alien, pondering on humanity’s obsession with penis gags.

In an interview with Indiewire at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he’s promoting a new documentary, “Meeting Gorbachev,” Herzog let it slip that what may be his biggest role yet could be on the horizon. He says he’ll play a part in “a big franchise film, about which I’m not supposed to say anything.” He added, enticingly, that the film’s code name is “Huckleberry.”

There’s plenty of options to consider here, with Indiewire positing the upcoming Top Gun sequel as a possibility, what with co-star Val Kilmer having uttered the memorable “I’m your Huckleberry” catchphrase in Tombstone. But, as ScreenRant points out, the movie’s working title is actually Island Plaza, so scratch that. More likely is Star Wars: Episode IX, which is currently filming. As film critic Christopher Campbell said on Twitter: “Huckleberry… Finn.. Star Wars… must be Episode IX!”


Of course, a working title is just a word that may or may not have resonance within the actual film. As an Indiewire commenter posited, how fitting would it be if Herzog were playing the role of Supreme Intelligence, an ageless alien ruler comprised of numerous brains, in Captain Marvel. The man’s overdue to play a god, after all. Or, who knows, maybe he’s lending his icy timbre to the snowy milieu of Disney’s Frozen 2. We’ll find out soon enough, as his particular style of overwrought soothsaying is impossible to miss.

Randall Colburn is The A.V. Club's Internet Culture Editor. He lives in Chicago, occasionally writes plays, and was a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.

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