Star Wars Ep 7 rumours: who will star in new film?
Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford are back, while Gary Oldman is touted for a lead role
CHIWETEL Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Benedict Cumberbatch are among 15 actors rumoured to have bagged a role in the new Star Wars film, written and directed by J.J. Abrams.
The original trio of Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) and Harrison Ford (Hans Solo) are also almost certain to reunite for the film, which is set for release in September 2015.
Leaked information from Drew McWeeny on film website HitFlix apparently revealed that the script is complete and that filming will begin at London’s Pinewood studios later this year.
He said: “Multiple sources now have confirmed for us that Star Wars Episode VII is set to start shooting mid-May and will run through September of this year.”
He also claimed that “most principal casting on the film is complete”.
Another Hollywood heavyweight touted for a lead role is Harry Potter and Batman actor Gary Oldman.
“They’ve called,” said the 55-year-old this week during an interview with Sky Movies.
"I don't know if it’s, er … You know, I'm more cynical about it now,” he said. “I'll believe it when I'm on the plane home. The deal isn't done, but yeah, they've inquired.”
The only officially confirmed cast member is Kenny Baker, who will reprise his 1977 performance as R2D2.
We’ve put together a list of all the actors who’ve been linked with the film:
Carrie Fisher let slip in an interview that she, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford will reprise their original roles, although it has not yet been officially confirmed by Abrams.
In the running
According to the Guardian, actors who have already auditioned for roles include:
Saoirse Ronan (The Lovely Bones, Hanna)
Michael B Jordan (The Wire, Friday Night Lights)
Actors reported to have had talks with JJ Abrams about a role in the film include:
Jack O’Connell (Skins, Game of Thrones)
Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike, I am Number Four)
Sullivan Stapleton (Animal Kingdom, The Hunter)
Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad)
Adam Driver (Girls)
It is thought that the full cast list will be released in the next couple of months. ·