Two years. A little less than two years till we finally get to see this thing called Star Wars Episode VII. What do we know? Nothing really. J.J. Abrams is directing, Kathleen Kennedy is producing, and Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan are re-workng the script written by Michael Arndt. Details? Fuggedaboutit! But one of the Hollywood trade publications took the weekend opportunity to have a rumor dump of all the latest speculative casting for the film, from those already mentioned, to those we’ve yet to hear associated with the project, to the original actors who may, or may not, have bigger parts in the expanded franchise.
Courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter is the juiciest news that Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia may end up playing a bigger role in the new film that originally thought. According to the publication, amongst the changes in Abrams and Kasdan’s re-writes is an expanded role for the original three, in essence making them more the focus of Episode VII, and then passing the torch to the next generation for future installments. George Lucas apparently liked Arndt’s take better, but he was overruled by Kennedy and Abrams. Obviously, the return of Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford in the parts that made them famous is a key selling point for the project, and Disney’s going to want to exploit that, hence, Lucas getting denied.
In other news, there’s been changes to the script in terms of the new characters. “Some characters have disappeared from the Arndt script and new ones are being drafted,” said the Reporter, citing one example is a 20-something character who is now 40-something, Meanwhile, Abrams is supposedly looking for “a 20-something female actress who is either of mixed race or black” to a character rumored to be the daughter or granddaughter of Obi-Wan Kenobi. That’s interesting. Apparently, that rumor’s been making the rounds for a while, but as to when Obi-Wan had the chance to have a kid, either legitimate or ill-legitimate, is unknown. I guess we’ll find out.
As for who might be who, there’s some interesting info there too. The Reporter confirms that a lot of the names dropped so far, like the recently mention Jesse Plemons, and the previously brought up Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Michael B. Jordan have legitimately been brought in to read for the film. The trade also says Abrams and Co. have been looking at Michael Fassbender, Adam Driver and Hugo Weaving, three names that have yet to be associated with any Star Wars casting rumors. While it’s unknown what kind of character Fassbender and Driver were being investigated to play, it was noted that character Weaving was being look at to play was an Imperial Commander. Talk about type casting.
So that’s a lot of info right there, unfortunately it doesn’t give us anything in terms of quantifiable , confirmed or concrete information concerning Star Wars Episode VII. In other words, you know as much at the end of this article as you did at the beginning. Still, if the leak is this bad, it might mean that we’re very close to getting official casting news about the project. Stay tuned because production on Episode VII is bound to begin sometime in the next couple of months.