The rumors for J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: Episode VII" were definitely traveling at the speed of light there for a while. It kind of felt like the boy who cried wolf and if a substantial scoop had surfaced, we probably wouldn't have believed it anyway. Now it appears enough time has gone by and reports are surfacing again for what actors we may see pop up in our favorite galaxy far, far away.
Hollywood favorite Michael Fassbender has allegedly met with Abrams for an unspecified role. Hugo Weaving, best known for his work in "Lord of the Rings", is also being eyed to play "an Imperial commander". Abrams is also said to be interested in "Girls" star Adam Driver joining the production in some capacity. None of these actors have been officially confirmed yet but we imagine we will hear soon, one way or the other.
We also got a bit more context as to why screenwriter Michael Arndt left the production last year. According to The Hollywood reporter:
"Arndt is said to have focused on the offspring of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), with the original trilogy heroes taking on supporting roles. Abrams, however, wanted Episode VII to focus 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, according to these sources, and take center stage in Episode VIII and IX. Some characters have disappeared from the Arndt script and new ones are being drafted.
So with Abrams and Kasdan now overhauling the script, that means many of the actors who had met and auditioned have been nixed for various reasons. For example, one actor who met with Abrams in the fall before the overhaul was Mud breakout star Tye Sheridan. But sources say that at this stage, there is no need for such young actors and thus Sheridan will not be involved. In another case, one part that was initially conceived as a 20-year old male is now being rewritten to be a 40-year old."
I'm just going to go ahead and throw my name in the mix for young Leia. I already wear my hair in braids and was told when I was younger by my pops that I was his little princess, so it feels like a great fit if you ask me.
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