'Star Wars: Episode VII' Lead Role Search Narrowed to Just Five Actors?
We already have "Girls" star Adam Driver lined up to play a villain in the developing Star Wars: Episode VII which will be going in front of cameras very soon. Now it's time to find out who will be taking the lead hero role in the sci-fi saga continuance from director J.J. Abrams. Countless actors have been testing for roles, so much that we've heard agencies are getting frustrated that the production hasn't made a decision yet. But now Variety says that the choices for the lead role have been narrowed down to just five names: Ed Speleers, John Boyega, Jesse Plemons, Matthew James Thomas and Ray Fisher. More below!
Speleers (right above) has been starring in "Downton Abbey" while Boyega (left above) found his breakthrough role in the indie sci-fi flick Attack the Block. Meanwhile, Plemons was already revealed to have met with Abrams, and it looks like the "Breaking Bad" star made an impression if he's still in consideration. Finally, Matthew James Thomas and Ray Fisher are theater actors looking for a big screen break, with the former appearing in Billy Elliot and About A Boy on stage. Supposedly the role they're up for is that of a Jedi apprentice, and Abrams has clashed with executives a bit because he wants a diverse cast.
Of course, the trade also says that some insiders are saying that the search hasn't been narrowed down to just those five names, but they are merely on the top of the list in recent weeks. Some of that just could be to keep some of their clients in the running, but with production just around the corner, we're going to hear of some official casting very soon. We still don't know the story, though certain sources say that an original draft focused on Han Solo and Princess Leia's kids, the new draft by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan puts them in supporting roles instead. Star Wars: Episode VII hits theaters on December 18th, 2015, so stay tuned.