There’s no better way to get your weekend started than with some more Star Wars: Episode VII updates – and luckily for you, we’ve got two to share this morning.
Our friends at Latino Review are keeping an eye on who’s taking meetings with Disney and LucasFilm for potential casting scoops, and the latest actors to take a spin on the casting carousel are The Butler’s David Oyelowo and Fruitvale Station star Michael B. Jordan. Who could these guys be in the running to play? Popular early speculation is a Lando Calrissian relative of some sort.
As usual, everything about the film is being kept more closely guarded than issues of national security – so anything you hear about who these actors might be playing is merely conjecture at this point. Neither might even land a role in the film – and if they do, it could be something far different than what folks are guessing (because let’s face it – there are going to be new characters in this trilogy. Not everyone is going to be a descendant of someone from the original films and the prequels). Still, it’s fun to speculate.
Jordan’s casting would be interesting if only because the star is red hot in Hollywood at the moment. Reports indicate he met with director J.J. Abrams directly, but his schedule could be an issue.
Speaking of Abrams, the tight-lipped director recently chatted with EW and shared a bit about his “vision” for the new film. As is typically Abrams, he doesn’t even offer up a hint as to where the story might be headed or anything particularly meaty, but when Abrams says anything on the topic, it’s still worth combing for clues.
“It’s been nice see that how important it is and to be reminded how important it is to so many people. We all know that [creator George Lucas'] dream has become almost a religion to some people. I remember reading a thing somewhere, someone wrote about just wanting [the new film] to feel real; to feel authentic. I remember I felt that way when I was 11 years old when I saw the first one. As much of a fairy tale as it was, it felt real. And to me, that is exactly right.”
Pretty cryptic, eh? If nothing else, we like that Abrams is approaching this from a perspective with the fans and his own fandom in mind.
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