Star Wars Episode VII casting: Harrison Ford may have big role(Read article summary)
Star Wars Episode VII casting has been largely secret during pre-production, but it won't be long before we learn who is starring in the next film.
Walt Disney Pictures, Lucasfilm, and J.J. Abramsâ€™ Bad Robot Productions have managed to keep a lid on many a secret concerning Abramsâ€™Â Star Wars: Episode VIIÂ throughout pre-production; now that second unit filming is underway â€“ with principal photography gearing up to begin in London â€“Â it wonâ€™t be longÂ before we learn which (ifÂ any) of the casting rumors thatâ€™ve sprung up around the project over the past year are trueâ€¦ and which ones are utterly false.
Itâ€™s safe to assume that â€“ as has long been all-but officially acknowledged â€“ originalÂ Star WarsÂ trilogy cast members Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford are returning forÂ Episode VII, seeing how theyâ€™veÂ been spotted in LondonÂ over the past week. Meanwhile, earlier today, we posted an update from actor Zac Efron, who avoided ruling out the possibility that he could indeed beÂ headed to the Star Wars universe.
The latest report fromÂ Deadline, however, makes no mention of Efron; instead, the site indicates that lauded character actor Oscar Isaac â€“ who headlined the Coen Brothersâ€™Â Inside Llewyn DavisÂ last year â€“ is apparently up for aÂ â€śmajor roleâ€ťÂ inEpisode VII. Additionally, previously-reported candidates likeÂ Adam DriverÂ (Girls), young British actorÂ John BoyegaÂ (Attack the Block), and British theater alumÂ Maisie Richardson-SellersÂ may still be front-runners for important roles in the film, judging by the latestÂ DeadlineÂ update (which are generally pretty reliable).
As mentioned before, nothing is official yet â€“ though, the potentialÂ Episode VIIÂ cast outlined above is quite strong; besides having its fair share of critically-acclaimed up and comers, the collection of names listed here is relatively diverse (in keeping with Abramsâ€™ desire) â€“ by modern Hollywood tentpole standards, anyway. Now, we just have to wait and see which â€“ again, ifÂ anyÂ -of these younger people areÂ actuallyÂ going to be sharing the screen with the older versions of Luke, Leia, and Han Solo.
Speaking of Han â€“ theÂ DeadlineÂ report also claims that Ford has aÂ â€śgigantic roleâ€ťÂ inEpisode VII; heâ€™s still the biggest-name star of the originalÂ Star WarsÂ trilogy cast trio and has perhaps remained the most active over the years, as far as live-action acting is concerned. Based on that and the ongoing possibility thatÂ Indiana Jones 5Â could happen down the line (with Ford reprising as the eponymous archaeologist), this rumor doesnâ€™t sound altogether unreasonable.
Star Wars: Episode VIIÂ opens in U.S. theaters on December 18th, 2015.