After the official announcement that Episode VII will be about a young trio of characters, here's a recap of what we know about them from the several official casting sheets that have been revealed during the past year...
In June 19, 2013 the first casting call sheet revealed details about 7 characters. They were:
Young twenty-something male, witty and smart, fit but not traditionally good looking.
A late twenty-something male, fit, handsome and confident.
Late-teen female, independent, good sense of humour, fit.
A second young female, also late teens, tough, smart and fit.
Forty something male, fit, military type.
Thirty-something male, intellectual. Apparently doesn’t need to be fit.
Seventy-something male, with strong opinions and tough demeanour. Also doesn’t need to be particularly fit.
I've been hearing that Abrams and Kasdan started re-writing the script in July. Later on September 6, 2013 there was another casting call in New York, this time for 3 roles also found on the previous call sheet. They were looking for:
[YOUNG MAN] Early 20s. Handsome, but not necessarily heroic. He is witty and smart. Physically fit.
[MAN] Late 20s. Physically fit, handsome and confident.
[YOUNG WOMAN] Late teens. Physically fit, raw energy, independent and with a great sense of humor.
This suggests that the script re-writes didn't have any impact on the main characters. And I heard other reports that the script re-writes were actually pretty informal and that the script is following the initial Lucas' story. Which is great news.
So is this the description of the new lead trio? Most likely, yes.
Probably having troubles deciding on two of those characters, on November 6, 2013 the open auditions took place in the UK and the US. The roles were identical.
Young woman to play 17-18 Years old. Must be beautiful, smart and athletic. Open to all ethnicities (including bi- and multi-racial). Must be 16 or over.
Young man to play 19-23 years old. Must be handsome, smart and athletic. Must be 18 or over.
One should think that the role of the character "open to all ethnicities" is a perfect match for Lupita Nyong'o, unfortunately she is 31 which is much older than what they're looking for. Actually most of the rumored actors so far are much older then the characters from the casting sheets.
And speaking about ethnicities here's a very interesting rumor I've just heard.
The role that some of the black actors were up for is no other but Luke's son! That's right, you heard it very well. This could probably mean that he is adopted.
I really like this one. It's a cool way of showing Luke following strictly the Jedi path, and Lucas always believed that Luke should never get married. This one directly contradicts with the rumor I told you before that Luke will have a love interest in Episode 7 but the sources are different. I can tell you one thing for certain. Luke will have a son in Episode 7. And I think it's pretty safe to say that he won't be called Ben Skywalker. The new audience will be confused with old Ben and they don't want to do that. It could be even more confusing if we see Kenobi's ghost in Episode VII, which is very probable.
I don't know if it's a coincidence but there are reports that LFL didn't want Hasbro to release the 2nd version of Cade Skywalker and any new Ben Skywalker toys. Maybe they have plans for that name Cade... Just keep that in mind for now.
And the rumor of Luke having his own son or an adopted one could really go both ways because something else interesting I've heard is that they have several slightly different backstories which could change depending on who they cast. That's why they're auditioning such wide range of actors and that's why it's taking so long.
As always these are just rumors and nothing's official for now. Take them as always with the appropriate dosage of salt.
And if you're really sick of all the rumors, make sure to tune in tomorrow for some official tidbits, during Disney's presentation at the Cinema Con hosted by Alan Horn. They will be discussing upcoming Marvel and Lucasfilm titles. It may not be much but surely they will talk about the new Star Wars movies... (via THR)