Well it seems there is a WAR for being a part of the Star Wars Episode VII. With Adam Driver in line to play the villain in the next Star Wars, the next order of business for Disney and Lucasfilm is finding the right Jedi to challenge Driver and the evil empire.
We have nothing official yet, but after meeting with several young actors this past year, Attack The Block star John Boyega, Jesse Plemons from Breaking Bad and theater actors Matthew James Thomas and Ray Fisher are among the men J.J. Abrams is eyeing for the lead role. Though some insiders warn that the search is still ongoing, multiple sources say that these actors have moved to the top of the list in recent weeks.
Exact details of the character are vague, but the part is believed to be a Jedi apprentice. The original draft by Michael Arndt was said to focus on Han Solo and Princess Leia’s kids; however, Abrams and Kasdan’s recent rewrite reportedly puts their offspring in a supporting role.
Sources also indicate the reason for the delay in casting for Star Wars Episode VII, has to do with the difference of operations between the creative and the production team. Also it’s been given to understand that the creatives want someone of a different ethnicity from the previous Caucasian leads.
Abrams has said on numerous occasions that he wants to have a diversified cast, which is why actors like David Oyelowo and Michael B. Jordan tested early on.
As previously reported, Abrams is expected to surround the less-familiar actor with more recognizable stars for supporting parts, including original Star Wars cast members Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill.
Star Wars Episode VII will begin shooting in the late second quarter or early third quarter in London’s Pinewood Studios.
Produced by Abrams, his Bad Robot partner Bryan Burke and Lucasfilm head honcho Kathleen Kennedy, Star Wars Episode VII is set to hit the theaters on December 18, 2015.