More STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Casting Rumors. Reason Why Scribe Arndt Got Replaced

Are you ready for another round of STAR WARS: EPISODE VII rumors?
You’ve heard names like Benedict Cumberbatch, Alex Pettyfer, Saoirse Ronan, and Jesse Plemons thrown in the mix as potentials to be part of this new installment, to be directed by J.J. Abrams. So who else?
Ok, here’s what THR gathered recently.

- They heard that Michael Fassbender, Adam Driver, and Hugo Weaving may also be considered for roles in STAR WARS: EPISODE VII

- They confirm that Plemons is meeting Abrams for EPISODE VII and even for the entire new trilogy.

- As you know, Michael Arndt initially wrote the script but then he left and now the scripting job belongs to Lawrence Kasdan and J.J. Abrams. Turns out, the reason was due to difference in opinion of which character the story should focus on. Arndt wanted to focus on the offspring of Luke Skywaker, Lea, and Han Solo with the original heroes in supporting roles. Abrams however, wanted the other way around, he wanted to focus on the original trio, giving audiences a chance to enjoy them more before fully focusing on the new characters, the offspring who Abrams wants for supporting roles in EPISODE VII. And then those offsprings could be the lead stars in EPISODE VIII and EPISODE IX. Sources said characters that Arndt came up with in his version of the script have now disappeared and new characters are being drafted.

- There’s one part conceived as a 20-year old male but it’s now rewritten as a 40-year old.

- Young actor Tye Sheridan who was previously considered by Abrams, is now no longer going to be involved with EPISODE VII.
Abrams met Fassbender in December. Hugo Weaving may be eyed to play an Imperial commander.

- Abrams and Lucasfilm are looking to cast a 20-something year old female actress who is either of mixed race or black and rumor has it that Obi Wan Kenobi had a daughter or granddaughter.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII, to be scored by John Williams, is scripted by Lawrence Kasdan and J.J. Abrams who also directs, will start filming Spring 2014 at Pinewood Studios, for December 18, 2015 theatrical release.


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