Rumor: Matt Smith To Turn In His Sonic Screwdriver For A Lightsaber
Hey, remember that time when we had that one rumor where that one actor was up for that one role in the Star Wars movie? Well here’s another rumor to add to that ever growing list! Bleeding Cool has learned from a “well-placed” source that the outgoing Doctor, Matt Smith was called in for a meeting regarding JJ Abrams latest installment in the massive franchise. They weren’t clear on whether this was to read for a role, or screen test or to shine Abrams’ shoes. Only that he “went in for a role.”
Now, as with every other rumor we’ve heard in regards to this project, you should take this news with the usual bit of salt. So far, we haven’t heard squat on the past rumors, with the exception of Saoirse Ronan testing for and not getting a role in the film. As far as I know, all else is hear-say. Benedict Cumberbatch has been long rumored for a role in the film, and him moving things around on his schedule certainly leads one to believe he could be taking part. We recently learned from Samuel L. Jackson (why he’d know this news is baffling to me) that Abrams has not met with Mark Hamill in regards to a role. We also learned that R2D2 would be returning. That’s really all we know at this point.
In regards to story, it was recently revealed that JJ Abrams and Star Wars veteran scribe Lawrence Kasden had taken over the writing duties from the film and it’s rumored that Michael Arndt’s script was completely scrapped, causing the delay of the release. Abrams and company are staying pretty tight-lipped, as usual, but filming is expected to begin early next year and we know that casting is on-going, so we should be learning some things here in the coming weeks. Be sure to keep checking back with us for all the latest!