Five Actors Reportedly Contending For Lead Role In STAR WARS: EPISODE VII
By Amy Ratcliffe on March 12, 2014
The pieces of Star Wars: Episode VII are coming together slowly but surely. Though it’s not been confirmed, it’s looking likely that Adam Driver will be the villain of the next movie, and now we have some rumors about the leading hero. Variety’s sources are reporting that the search for a lead protagonist for Episode VII may still be ongoing, but that five actors are at the top of the list: Jesse Plemmons (Breaking Bad), Ed Speleers (Downton Abbey), John Boyega (Attack the Block), and relatively unknown theater actors Matthew James Thomas and Ray Fisher. Whew.
Neither Disney or Lucasfilm have confirmed these names or a description of the role these men are vying to get. According to Variety, “the part is believed to be a Jedi apprentice.” If that’s true, it could be a Skywalker or Solo offspring carrying on the torch.
I can definitely picture a couple of these actors wielding a lightsaber, especially Jesse Plemons, but it wouldn’t surprise me to see a fresh face from theater in the part. Casting new actors isn’t something unheard of in the Star Wars universe. As far as who gets officially cast? Well, like Master Yoda would say, patience, you must have.
Which of these actors would you like to see in Episode VII? Let us know in the comments.