It's no secret that J.J. Abrams is a huge fan of the Downton Abbey series. He even wanted to guest direct one episode from the series. Last year while he was promoting Star Trek: Into Darkness he visited the set of the show. At that time he told the press that he is visiting just like a regular fan of the show. Now some new reports suggest that actually he was looking for some actors for his upcoming project Star Wars: Episode 7...
Yesterday Variety revealed a short list of contenders for the male lead in Episode 7. One of the names was Downton Abbey's Ed Speleers.
Now according to the Mirror more stars of Downton Abbey have been auditioning for the latest Star Wars blockbuster.
JJ Abrams, who is directing the seventh instalment of the sci-fi saga, has visited the Highclere Castle set looking for actors.
Lesley Nicol, 60, who plays cook Beryl Patmore, said: “JJ Abrams came to the set last year and he is just about to do the next Star Wars movie. He loves the show, and he checked a few of us to star in the film.”
As well as Lesley, other actors who may find themselves sitting in the Millennium Falcon include Hugh Bonneville, who plays Lord Grantham and Michelle Dockery, who stars as his eldest daughter Lady Mary.
Abrams, who starts filming Star Wars Episode VII in London in May, gushed about the ITV period drama. The 44-year-old Star Trek director said: “It’s absolute soap opera – done triple-A plus.
“It’s cleverly written and brilliantly cast. “It lets you enjoy what is – at the core, a pulpy family drama, but done with such respect and regard for the characters, you feel they’re all alive.”
Downton stars Jessica Brown Findlay, 24, who played Lady Sybil Branson, and Dan Stevens, 31, who played Matthew Crawley, have already moved to Hollywood.
Lesley said: “The door has been opened for everyone in the Downton cast, people really want to meet you.”