'Star Wars' Rumors Peg Michael Fassbender, Hugo Weaving & More
by Ethan Anderton
January 12, 2014
It's been awhile since some juicy rumors for Star Wars: Episode VII popped up, and there's a few good ones circulating this weekend, mostly on the casting front. THR has heard that X-Men: First Class and 12 Years a Slave star Michael Fassbender, "Girls" star Adam Driver and The Matrix villain Hugo Weaving are potentially in the mix for roles. They join previously rumored talents like Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiorfor and countless others with weak links to the anticipated sci-fi sequel from director J.J. Abrams. In addition, a lesser known name but familiar face is supposed to take a meeting too.
The Wrap has word that "Breaking Bad" star Jesse Plemons is supposed to meet with Abrams for a potential role this week, but he's one on a long list of actors. Plemons is a rising star and has recently been seen in The Master and Battleship. That seems to be the issue with all of these potential actors since nearly everyone under the sun seems to have had some sort of discussion about a role in Episode VII. We don't even know what kind of roles these actors are up for, though one small details pegs Weaving as being in the running to play an Imperial commander. Could this be the same role that Cumberbatch has been rumored for previously? They both have a pretty solid Grand Moff Tarkin-esque vibe.
Speaking of a lack of character information, we might have an idea of what Episode VII will focus on, and it just might have been the reason Michael Arndt is no longer writing the sequel and Abrams has taken over duties with Lawrence Kasdan. Supposedly, Arndt's script focused on the offspring of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia, and gave their respective stars (Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher) supporting roles. But Abrams wants the sequel to focus on those three classic heroes in one final adventure before giving them some kind of send off, and then passing the torch onto their offspring.
This is worrisome on a number of levels, mostly because Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill are in no shape to be sci-fi heroes, unless some of the Tron: Legacy movie magic that gave us a young Jeff Bridges will be utilized. Harrison Ford has aged considerably, but he can still pull off the hero role. To make this work, the three heroes should barely be in the film, and only act as a link to the original trilogy before embarking on something new with characters fitting a similar mold, but expanding the universe.
Anyway, these changes have resulted in some characters being rewritten, and the previous need for certain younger actors is no longer there. Though THR points out that Abrams might still be looking for a 20-something mixed race or black actress to potentially play Obi-Wan Kenobi's daughter or granddaughter. Take all of this with a grain of salt for now, but some of this information jives with rumblings we've heard behind the scenes as well. We won't really know what's happening until production begins in the spring, and even then, we'll have to wait for a trailer to get an idea of what to expect.