Star Wars: Episode VII story and casting rumours

News Simon Brew
13 Jan 2014 - 06:49
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More names get thrown into the Star Wars mix, a report suggests which way Michael Arndt's take on the script was going...

The rumour season is fully back in force for Star Wars: Episode VII. And we figured it made sense to round them all up right here.

So then. Firstly, Chiwetel Ejiofor - who's now picked up a Golden Globe for his excellent performance in 12 Years A Slave - has been asked by Yahoo! Movies is he's on board - as had been rumoured - JJ Abrams' new Star Wars film. His answer? "Who knows? We'll just have to wait and see".

Over at The Hollywood Reporter meanwhile, another collection of names are being thrown into the mix. Those names? Adam Driver (of Girls fame), Michael Fassbender and Hugo Weaving. Weaving's role would be, apparently, that of an Imperial commander.

Furthermore, Breaking Bad's Jesse Plemons was linked to a role in Star Wars the other day too.

The most interesting part of the aforementioned Hollywood Reporter piece though is where it digs into why writer Michael Arndt left the Star Wars project.

Citing "multiple insiders", it says that it wasn't an issue of timing, which was the officially given reason. Instead, Arndt's script had been focussing on the successors and offspring to Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia. However, JJ Abrams' take is apparently to include said offspring, but to keep the emphasis on the original trio of characters. Hence, the parting of the ways.

Expect lots more Star Wars rumours before anything concrete is announced. The film is due in cinemas in December 2015...

The Hollywood Reporter.

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