The five actors vying for the Star Wars: Episode VII lead

News Simon Brew 13 Mar 2014 - 06:19
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Five names have found their way to the top of the potential casting list for JJ Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII...

It seems that progress is being made with the casting process for JJ Abrams' soon to go before the cameras Star Wars: Episode VII. Pre-production continues ahead of the film's Pinewood shoot, and last month, we learned that Adam Driver (of Girls fame) was signing up to play one of the key villains. Darth Adam, or something.

Variety has now named five actors it now believes are left in the running for one of the male lead roles in the new Star Wars film. One of them we already knew about, that being Breaking Bad's Jesse Plemons. He's still a strong possibility.

Now? You can add John Boyega (Attack The Block), Ed Speelers (Downton Abbey), Ray Fisher and Matthew James Thomas to the list of possibles. Abrams is still looking for candidates, but these are now the five actors that Variety reckons "have moved to the top of the list in recent weeks".

The role they're all battling for is expected to be one of a Jedi apprentice. More news on it as we hear it.

Star Wars: Episode VII is due in cinemas on December 18th 2015.

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