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Report: Unknown British Actress Up For Major STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Role?

According to a story in The Hollywood Reporter, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, an unknown Oxford-educated actress without a single movie credit to her name, is up for a major part in Star Wars: Episode VII.  If the report is correct, she would be the current front runner to land an as-yet undisclosed and probably major role, likely the same role about which director J.J. Abrams was recently talking to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o. There are rumors that this part is said to be a relative of some sort of Obi-Wan Kenobi’s, although as with almost all things involving Episode VII, it’s all just speculation at this point. J.J. Abrams and Disney are keeping their cards super-close to the chest when it comes to this movie, and that’s something of an understatement.

Filming is supposedly already underway in parts of Morocco, said to be the shooting location this time for Tatooine, although principal photography doesn’t begin till early May. You’d think that by now we’d have a confirmed cast list from Disney/Lucasfilm, but the only confirmed cast member is R2-D2, with the original cast heavily rumored but not confirmed. Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn recently said that casting for the film was almost complete, with many people guessing that May the 4th, the unofficial “Star Wars Day” as dubbed by the internet, is when the complete cast is going to be revealed, although again, that’s just a guess. One way or the other, we should know for sure in about a month’s time.

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  • The whole her being his daughter can’t be true. Let’s do some basic math here.

    19 years between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.

    Obi Wan dies in ANH.

    4 years between ANH and Return of the Jedi.

    30-35 years between Return of the Jedi and Episode VII.

    She’s way too young looking to be that old. She’d have to be a grand daughter or great grand daughter.

    I think we’re getting the old. “Obi Wan Killed your father” misdirection here (they used that line onset rather than the actually revelation)

    My guess is she may be somebody’s kid but its not Obi Wan’s. I hope we get some casting news soon though so this whole casting news speculation circus can stop.

  • Well, hopefully if they make her a jedi, she won’t be quite the cannon fodder that all Jedi not tied directly to the Yoda-Qui Gon Jinn-Obi-Wan line of Jedi have been in the movies thus far.

  • A potentially hostile internet comment thread exchange evolving into a reasonably intelligent exchange on race relations by two seemingly intelligent persons.

    what are the odds?

    On the internet.. I’m guessing .0000000003:5 easy. o.O

    Now you two should tak about star wars vs. star trek. :D
    ::gets popcorn:: aaaaaaaand BEGIN!

  • Absolutely. As a fellow 30-something black man, I can understand how it may be offensive, but I personally don’t find it as such. I grew up in an extremely racially diverse home in “The Heart of Dixie”, so I was one of the fortunate few that had that experience. We have been and likely will continue to be at the center of the “race war” for better or for worse. I have experienced violent racism here first hand.

    Sadly, we are more dangerous to each other than any man from another race is. We perpetuate the cycle just by allowing ourselves to become offended. As Morgan Freeman said, were’t not going to get rid of racism until we “stop talking about it”. Terms shouldn’t offend us, or at least they don’t offend me or mine. Unequal rights/unreasonable hatred/unprovoked suspicion, without a doubt. But words and just words.

  • Hey Matt. I can see we’re just talking past each other here. It’s totally cool if you don’t find that thing that you said offensive, but I kind of do. I’m a 30-something black man who has been in long-term relationships with people of all kinds of racial backgrounds.

    And yeah, I found that thing that you said to evoke a stereotype that perpetuates ideas of black people as being primitive, i.e., from jungles. Or the pervasiveness of stereotypes of black sexuality as being animalistic. Or the derogation of white women I’ve been with as being subject to some kind of pathology for being attracted to a black man.

    I’m not going to argue with you on the origins of the term. It’s probably derivative a the tropical medicine affliction described in mid-18th century Rhodesia. But hey, I don’t know. All I know is how I heard the term thrown around in the 80s growing up, and it wasn’t empowering for me or the women I was with. So it’s cool if you want to lecture a(nother?) black man about what is and isn’t racist. That’s not exactly a new experience for me.

    Once again, being a person of colour, or being in an interracial relationship doesn’t make you immune to racism. I was brought up in a racially divided country. It’s a part of who I am, whether I like it or not. To get past this stuff, we have to be willing to accept that and talk through when people say offensive stuff. I hope you can at least take that away from our talk. Peace be with you.

  • Sorry “champ”, there’s nothing to “own”. As a member of an interracial couple, I nor my partner or friends are offended by the term.

    The term may predate the movie, but the film brought forth a positive connotation to it, by addressing the issue of racial relations.

    “Jungle Fever” when used in a racial manner was likely started by The Chakachas song “Jungle Fever” which primarily consisted of sexual moaning. BTW, they were Belgian. The song most are familiar with by Stevie Wonder belonged the Soundtrack of the aforementioned film.

    Slavery “lingers” because of its wide-spread, rampant existence across the world, not because of terms that some may find offensive.

  • Sorry, champ. You’re deflecting. The term long predates the 1991 Spike Lee film, and was used in popular US culture to derisively refer to white women who were attracted to black men.

    Hey man, I’ve said racist things before too. We live in a racist society. Just own it, recognize why it’s probably offensive to some people, and try your best not to say it again. It’s that easy.

  • You do realize that “Jungle Fever” is a reference to a Spike Lee film and not actual jungles, right? It’s one of his most famous films regarding transcendence of race.

  • Yup, totally not racist to use the word “jungle” in reference to a woman of colour, despite the history of colonization and slavery that lingers.

    Sorry Matt, this one’s on you. I’m sure you’re probably not a racist, but that thing you said definitely was.

  • I’m guessing you’re white?

    No racism intended, trust me. Just appreciative of his love for a woman of color.

    Congrats on being the douche on this post.