After revealing that Adam Driver is in line to play the villain in the next Star Wars movie, Variety continues to tease with a possible short list of candidates for the main male lead...
After meeting with several young actors this past year, sources tell Variety that “Downton Abbey” thesp Ed Speleers, “Attack the Block” star John Boyega, Jesse Plemons and theater actors Matthew James Thomas, and Ray Fisher are among the men J.J. Abrams is eyeing for the lead role. Though some insiders warn the search is still ongoing, multiple sources confirm to Variety these actors have moved to the top of the list in recent weeks.
Disney had no comment.
Exact details of the character are vague but the part is believed to be a Jedi apprentice. The original draft by Michael Arndt was said to focus on Han Solo and Princess Leia’s kids, however, Abrams and Kasdan’s recent rewrite reportedly puts their offspring in a supporting role.
Sources also indicate the reason for the delay has to do whether execs and creatives want someone of a different ethnicity from the previous Caucasian leads. Abrams has said on numerous occasions that he wants to have a diversified cast, which is why actors like David Oyewolo and Michael B. Jordan tested early on.
As previously reported, Abrams is expected to surround the less-familiar actor with more recognizable stars for supporting parts, including original “Star Wars” cast members Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill.
Variety made a poll about who should play the lead role in Episode 7 with all of the contenders they revealed yesterday. What's interesting is that the Twitter account of Kathleen Kennedy/Frank Marshall's production company re-tweeted the link to that poll question. Is this giving more credibility to the list? Maybe. The tweet is now deleted so the situation is even more mysterious.
Well whatever the case, seeing the poll results this possible casting list suffered a devastating blow from the fans.
To be honest I voted "none of the above" too. Some of the names are good but they just doesn't fit with my idea of LEAD. I think they will be great for a support role though.