'Star Wars' Rumors Peg Michael Fassbender, Hugo Weaving & More

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.

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In Ford I don't trust. The man just phones in performances.

Xerxexx on Jan 12, 2014


Seeing Harrison Ford in films recently I would have to agree he isn't as great as he was years before down the line. Every actor looses a charm/charisma when they get old. But I have seen in interviews how much he really wants to do this film. So just hoping he will give it his best all out.

Damon King on Jan 12, 2014


I'll give the benefit of the doubt.

Xerxexx on Jan 13, 2014


I like Cumberbatch but if he's going to be in the movie please have him as one of the good guys. I don't want him to be the villain in Star Trek AND Star Wars.

Sal on Jan 12, 2014


I'm very excited for this film, especially at the thought it it being a sort of proper send-off to the original cast that sets the stage for the new characters to take over in the sequels.

Chris Groves on Jan 12, 2014


Wondering why Abrams had to really scrap Arndt's script as it doesn't seem like a smart move considering they now have to ramp up production faster. I really liked the idea of giving them supporting roles and the idea of this film passing the torch. The main concern now is that it could turn into ExpendaStarWarsables.

Damon King on Jan 12, 2014


Hopefully the Hugo Weaving thing is just a rumor. I really like Hugo Weaving, but we don't need the same actor in The Matrix trilogy, Lord of the Rings trilogy (and Hobbit) AND Star Wars....come on!!

TheOct8pus on Jan 13, 2014


I think under pounds of alien makeup he'd be an asset.

OfficialJab on Jan 13, 2014


"...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." Hogwash. Ms. Fisher is looking better than she has in years, I imagine Mark could turn a physical corner pretty quick as well given the gravity of the role. While we may not see a young Obi-Wan vs. Maul type epic saber fight out of them, I'm certainly not expecting such either. Physicality / youth is not a requirement for "hero" in my book. I imagine those three could pleasantly surprise us all, what with their career defining characters being given a last chance to shine and all. (Also, I was quite happy with Ian McDiarmid's & Christopher Lee's sabre swinging shenanigans - both older then, than Hamil is now. Though Lee's performance obviously had a healthy dose of smoke & mirrors - but hey, the dude was in his 80's!) When 900 years old YOU reach... etc. 😉

avconsumer2 on Jan 13, 2014


I dunno about Fisher, to my recollection from the last time I saw her on some celebrity roast, she wasn't looking great. Hamill's benefit is that Luke can be played as a weathered warrior as long as he works out a bit before shooting. I think Fisher might have to work out a lot.. edit: I looked her up and take it back, but I don't think she looked that great in the Roast.

OfficialJab on Jan 13, 2014


Oh yeah, I remember that roast - she did indeed look... well - not exactly Leia material. But yep, she's definitely turned a corner since. I imagine if there were one role they could be bothered to lose a few pounds for... hopefully this is the one. I mean... those characters (& fans of those characters,) defined them... it's the least they could do! I have faith.

avconsumer2 on Jan 13, 2014


Honestly I'd only care about Luke returning and maybe Han/Lando cameos but I think it would be more distressing to see them now than exciting. Trouble is, then you need to write them out of the universe, which always sounds shitty however you do it.

OfficialJab on Jan 13, 2014


Agree. Seems, these critics are that young and shallow.

SubSumeYou on Jan 13, 2014


I dont buy into the whole focusing on the original characters rumor. I agree that they are just too over the hill to pull off an action adventure like we've seen with all the previous movies. It just wouldn't be believable. I'm imagining an aged mark hamill and Carrie fisher hopping on a speeder bike and zipping around Endor. It wouldn't work then and it won't work now. I don't think the powers that be want a Star Wars movie where the main characters just sit around and talk all movie. I just don't see it. I can see Luke, having greater power with the force, not needing to do such athletic stunts to get things done. I just don't see them as the main characters throughout the whole film. Super excited for what's to come though!

ListenToVinyl on Jan 13, 2014


I see your concern, but Star Wars (the original film) had an old rusty man (Obi Wan) as one of the main characters. He may not have done any backflips, but he still pulled off the fearless old Jedi thing...I just hope they don't put any "I'm getting too old for this" lines in there....

TheOct8pus on Jan 13, 2014


All good names, just keep Abrams on a leash so he doesn't let ILM make the whole movie for him.

OfficialJab on Jan 13, 2014

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