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...

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Wow I had no idea Ejiofer won an award for 12 years a Slave, I mean last I checked it was Matthew McConaughey who won the award for best actor...

Correct, but 12 Years a Slave won best Drama which wouldn't have happened without Ejiofer...if you want to give DoG the benefit of the doubt as to that being what they meant lol

Arndt had precisely the right idea. The torch should be passed.

Ejiofor has quite a range as an actor, but his creepily serene performance as the Operative in "Serenity" makes it easiest for me to imagine him as a Jedi or something similar. But the man could play almost anything, perhaps even a potential son of Lando Calrissian.

Yeah, I rather see the original characters in some sort of mentor role, like Ben/Obi-wan Kenobi and Yoda.

Yes, because that worked so well for the prequels...

I think the idea is JJ Abrams wants to show the torch being passed as opposed to it happening off screen between trilogies.

Make Michael Fassbender a Sith Lord… now!

I heard at another site, which went into more depth(cinema bend), that the 1st of the trilogy focuses more on luke/leia/Han then it passes off to them on 2 and 3.
this makes a little more sence in my eye rather than going straight for it - it would flow better

would love to see hugo weaving as an imperial commander

Hugo Weaving would be perfect as a Imperial commander, i hope this is correct

Chiwetel Ejiofor? I hope not. I just find him really irratating for some reason.
And Weaving? No. Just no. His part in LoTR was dreadfully played. He has one acting style, which fitted perfectly in the first matrix movie, but he seems unable to play anything but that role.

I'd like to see some new actors for this new rebooted star wars. I'm fed up seeing the same 20 faces in every single movie I watch. There are millions of people out there who are able to act woodenly, why not bring some of them in instead?

"Weaving's role would be, apparently, that of an Imperial commander."

If the Empire/Imperial Remnant was indeed a part of this series, Weaving could make for an interesting Grand Admiral Thrawn I think.

It would certainly fit with roles he has previously played.

In my minds eye I can already see him in uniform....

Yes, Yes, oh a thousand times YES!!!

Had a look at some photos and agree that Chiwetel Ejiofor would be great as Lando Calrissian's Son.

I humbly submit you check out some of his non-Hollywood work. Weaving has a great acting range, as evidenced by the likes of The Interview, Little Fish, Peaches and Proof. Actually, you could just check out The Interview - his perfomance in that runs the whole gamut.

Priscilla, queen of the desert

I'm dead set against anything linked with Star Wars post-ROTJ, but then you said Fassbender...

Me too I am salivating at the prospect

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