Star Wars casting down to a shortlist

13 March 2014

The force may be strong in one of these ones.

Because today is a day of the week, we have a Star Wars rumour. After news last month that Disney and Lucasfilm may have found their villain in Adam Driver, word comes that they may have almost found their hero.

According to trade mage Variety, five young actors - all relative unknowns - are in the running for the much coveted lead role in Star Wars: Episode VII.

Breaking Bad’s Jesse Plemons had previously been rumoured for a part, but according to the Variety report, he is jostling for the lead role alongside Brit newcomers John Boyega (Attack The Block) and Ed Speelers (Downton Abbey), plus stage actors Matthew James Thomas and Ray Fisher.

It’s not entirely clear from the report which role the actors are in line for, but it’s a safe bet to assume it is the Jedi apprentice included in an early draft of the script - a new Luke Skywalker-type character.

A Disney casting call for actors at the end of last year described a twenty-something male that would fit the actors mentioned.

The character, named ‘Thomas’, was described as having “grown up without a father's influence. Without the model of being a man, he doesn't have the strongest sense of himself. Despite this he is smart, capable and shows courage when it is needed.”

Other actors rumoured to appear in the cast include Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sullivan Stapleton, Liam McIntyre and Simon Pegg, Zac Efron, and - as Sky Movies exclusively revealed to the world - Gary Oldman.

As with nearly all Star Wars rumours, nothing has been confirmed from Disney or Lucasfilm - other than the inclusion of R2-D2.

Star Wars: Episode VII starts shooting in May this year, working towards a release date of December 18th, 2015.

[Source: Variety]