22. April 2014 05:22
The June 2014 Issue of SFX Magazine reports on the latest flurry of rumors surrounding Star Wars Episode VII...
Tales from the dark side
After months of saying next to nothing, Disney and Lucasfilm have just confirmed that Episode VII will start shooting at Pinewood Studios in May. More excitingly, their release said “it has also been confirmed that Star Wars: Episode.VII is set about 30 years after the events of Return Of The Jedi, and will star a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces. No further details on casting or plot are available at this time.”
We’re assuming that those “very familiar faces”-are Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia, while the “trio of young leads” line would seem to tally with the won’t-go-away rumours that Breaking Bad’s Jesse Plemons is still in the mix to play the lead role (believed to be a Jedi apprentice), competing with Downton Abbey’s Ed Speleers, Attack The Block’s John Boyega and theatre actors Matthew James Thomas and Ray Fisher. (We particularly like the fact that JJ Abrams and his team are looking at unknowns, suggesting they’re after the right actors for the parts rather than box office appeal.) 12 Years A Slave Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o has also been linked to a role, playing either a Sith, or a descendant of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
The “no further details on cast are available” bit is particularly interesting, considering every news outlet on the planet is reporting that Adam Driver (above), most famous for HBO’s Girls, has been lined up to play the bad guy. According to film industry news node Variety, Driver is likely to be the first human cast member to officially join the cast (joining the already-confirmed R2-D2), playing a character “in the vein of iconic Star Wars villain Darth Vader”.
[Source: SFX Magazine, June 2014, P.28]