'12 Years a Slave' Star Chiwetel Ejiofor Might Be Up for 'Star Wars'
News that Chiwetel Ejiofor, currently enjoying praise across the board for his lead performance in 12 Years a Slave, was spotted at Bad Robot turned into speculation that the actor might be meeting for a role in Star Wars: Episode VII. After all, it's the only film they're concentrating on right now, and Michael B. Jordan has auditioned for a role, so Ejiofor could easily be meeting about the same one. Of course, this just seemed like a report just trying to land a scoop, but whilst attending a premiere event for 12 Years a Slave last night, the actor was asked about the possibility of being asked to join the sci-fi franchise. What'd he say?
Despite how the question was framed, it seems like Ejiofor (whose nickname is "Chewie") slipped up by taking a pause and answering, "Well, we'll see if it happens. I'm not gonna tell you." That phrasing seems to imply that Ejiofor was definitely meeting with Abrams about Star Wars, but he's just not sure if an offer will come from it. Their meeting isn't surprising, mostly because everyone in Hollywood has been auditioning for a role in the sequel, and Ejiofor has done sci-fi before with Serenity in the past. But it does show that Abrams is going after some heavy-hitting actors, and hopefully they won't dumb down their skills like Ewan McGregor and Natalie Portman did in the prequels. Maybe we'll get some real casting soon. Thoughts?