Chiwetel Ejiofor is a name that’s been bounced around since these Star Wars: Episode VII casting rumors began. It’s also a name I’m happy I don’t need to pronounce, just copy and paste. Presumably after last night’s Golden Globes – where Ejiofor was nominated for his starring role in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave (the film won, he didn’t) – the Press Association asked him about these Star Wars rumors,
Who knows? We’ll just have to see. I don’t know is really the only answer I can give you. I’m a huge fan of that world and JJ, but I don’t know. I can’t tell you.
Chiwetel, you tease!
Obviously, this neither confirms nor denies anything, but the lack of a flat out denial gives me hope. Then again, Ejiofor could be playing us all for fools, that cheeky fellow.
Were Ejiofor on the short list for Star Wars: Episode VII I think he’d make a great ship captain, a slightly older character than the film’s young stars who’d play a quasi-mentoring role, opening their eyes to the dangers of the galaxy. Would he be a relative of Lando Calrissian? It’s entirely plausible since Lando was the only black man left, apparently, come the time of the Empire.
Though given the most recent rumors of rewrites by Abrams and Kasdan giving larger roles to Hamill, Fisher, and Ford, there’s no guessing what the plot of Star Wars 7 will be. We could be following an older Luke, Leia, and Han for much of Episode VII, or a cast of younglings.
Do you think Ejiofor is teasing that he has been cast in Star Wars 7? If so, as who?
Star Wars: Episode VII is expected in theatres December 18th, 2015.
Source: Yahoo UK