It should come as no surprise that perhaps the hottest commodity in Hollywood right now is a role in the J.J. Abrams-directed Star Wars: Episode VII. It is, after all, one of the most beloved film series of all time and under brand new creative leadership.
Almost nothing has been revealed about the next chapter in the Star Wars saga. We know that it will serve as the first entry in a new trilogy that comes chronologically after the original. We know (or at least think we do) that Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher are likely to reprise their roles from the original trilogy. But aside from those slivers of information, everything about the plot of the new movie is a mystery. What we do know for sure, though, is that every rising star in Hollywood has been linked to an unknown role. Here are a few of the more interesting names to keep an eye on!
I’m in the camp that will see anything Day-Lewis is in. There might not be a more commanding screen presence, and if he were to find himself in the new Star Wars series it would mark the first time such a prestigious and multi-Oscar winning actor appeared in the franchise. Obviously, the man can play any role he’s given, and as much as I love his more villainous turns in Gangs of New York and There Will Be Blood, I’d personally love to see him as the mentor figure to the young central figure of the series, who could potentially be played by:
The Oscar-nominated actress famous for Atonement and The Lovely Bones has recently been rumored to be a top contender for the lead role in the new series. Ronan is among the most talented young actresses going right now and she’s got more than enough dramatic chops to carry the film. As a bonus, having a female lead at the center of a new Star Wars saga would set this series apart from the other six movies.
If it seems like his name has been everywhere over the past year or so, you’d be right, and that hasn’t changed with J.J. Abrams’ decision to helm Episode VII. The speculation is that Cumberbatch is at least in talks to play a/the villain of the film, though what sort of character that would be is totally unknown. His work as John Harrison in Star Trek Into Darkness and as Sherlock Holmes on the BBC’s Sherlock certainly has shown the ability in spades to play cold and calculating, so if this rumor proves true, Cumberbatch should make for a very capable enemy to our young Jedi protagonists.
Michael B. Jordan
HBO fans know him as Wallace from the first season of The Wire, but Jordan has become one of the most buzzed-about young actors of the year thanks to what many are predicting will be an Oscar-nominated turn in Fruitvale Station. Getting a coveted part in Episode VII would make his star rise to astronomical heights.
These are the most exciting names to have been bandied about in casting rumors, but no doubt there will be plenty more before 2015. Who would you like to see in the next Star Wars trilogy?