Report Claims The Battle Is Heating Up For The STAR WARS VII Lead Role

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star warsStar Wars Episode VII begins filming in about a month’s time, but we still don’t know very much about it. It was reported a few weeks ago that Adam Driver had landed the villain role in the film, but that’s about as far as casting goes (other than the R2-D2 confirmation). Today Variety is reporting that the battle for the film’s lead role has really heated up. The site claims that there are currently five names on the shortlist.

Variety says that several young actors have met with Disney and director J.J. Abrams over the past year, but the current top contenders are Ed Speelers (Downton Abbey), John Boyega (Attack the Block), Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad), and theater actors Matthew James Thomas and Ray Fisher are “being eyed for the lead role.” While the search is still ongoing, sources have told the site that these men have climbed to the top of the list in recent weeks. Plemons has been mentioned before, but the other four names are relative newcomers to the Star Wars discussions.

There isn’t any solid info on who the lead character is, but it is believed to be a Jedi apprentice. While Abrams and Michael Arndt have finished their script, the site goes on to report that the film has been delayed in part due to the decision over whether “execs and creatives want someone of a different ethnicity from the previous Caucasian leads.Abrams has said on several occasions he wants a diversified cast. That’s why he is expected to surround less-familiar actors with more recognizable stars like Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill. Things will probably start moving faster now that filming is getting ready to begin, but what do you think about the shortlist? Who would you like to see land the role?

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Source : Variety