Two years from today, we’ll have all the answers about “Star Wars: Episode VII” that we ever needed. The movie will have been in theaters for a few weeks, our lives will be fuller with older visions of Han Solo and Luke Skywalker, and new actors and characters from the far-away galaxy will be introduced into the mix.
Until then, the rumor mill continues to churn. But with director J.J. Abrams and company set to enter production on “Episode VII” early this year, expect official casting announcements to begin sooner rather than later — as evidenced by the latest string of “Star Wars” rumors that reared their heads in the past couple of days.
Here’s the round-up of what happened in the world of “Star Wars” buzz over the weekend:
1. It appears that Jesse Plemons is the frontrunner for a lead role in “Star Wars: Episode VII.” The actor best known for his work on “Friday Night Lights” and “Breaking Bad” is said to have impressed Abrams and his crew with an audition tape, but “he is only one of a long string of actors on Abrams’ meeting list.” Many are speculating that Plemons is lined up to play Luke Skywalker’s son.
2. So, who else is up for roles? The Hollywood Reporter floats three new names to the mix: Michael Fassbender of “12 Years a Slave,” Adam Driver of “Girls,” and Hugo Weaving of “Captain America: The First Avenger.” There’s no word on who the first two actors are being considered for (my money is that Driver and Plemons are testing for the same role), but Weaving has reportedly met with Abrams “for a part to play an Imperial commander.”
3. But even if Plemons, Fassbender, Driver and Weaving join the cast of the next “Star Wars” movie, they’ll take a backseat to the old-school trio of Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher. According to THR, Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan’s recent rewrite of the “Episode VII” script focuses “on the classic trio of characters, so audiences could have one more chance to enjoy them before a fitting send-off. The new characters, the offspring, will now be in supporting roles … and take center stage in ’Episode VIII’ and ’IX.’ ”
Got all that? We’re still wrapping our heads around all the news, too. Nazi Todd as a Skywalker? Agent Smith working with the Empire? Whether any of that actually plays out, or remains firmly entrenched in the rumor zone, we’re sure to get the full story in the coming days, weeks and months.
What’s your take on the latest “Star Wars” casting buzz?