‘Star Wars: Episode VII': Chiwetel Ejiofor Plays Coy About Possible Role

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J.J. Abrams wil begin shooting Star Wars: Episode VII within the next few months, and we’ve already seen the first wave of more reliable casting rumors hit the ‘Net, after what felt like an endless amount of time (it was really just a year) of speculation, unverified claims and whisper campaigns about who may (or may not) have auditioned for a role in the highly-anticipated film.

The most recent Episode VII report claims that Abrams and co-writer Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi) have overhauled the original script draft by Michael Arndt (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), so that “original trilogy” protagonists Luke, Leia and Han – with Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford expected to play older versions of the characters – are now the focus of the film.

The idea is that this will allow for a proper transition from Stars Wars of old to new, thus letting the fan-favorite stars of Episodes IV-VII to truly “pass the torch” to the next generation of actors in a galaxy far, far away – who will then take center stage in Episode VIII, and beyond (see: yet-to-be-confirmed origin films for Han Solo and Boba Fett). Episode VII‘s roster of potential youngster cast members (read: those under 30) includes up and comers Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad) and Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station).

Meanwhile, such established and critically-lauded thespians as Hugo Weaving (Cloud Atlas), Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) and Chiwetel Ejiofor (2012) have all been named as possibilities for a role in Episode VII, at some point during the project’s early development days (months?).

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Both Ejiofor and his 12 Years a Slave costar Michael Fassbender (who’s also said to be in consideration for a role in Episode VII) received Golden Globe nominations for their work on Steve McQueen’s acclaimed slavery drama. During the red carpet festivities that proceeded last night’s ceremony, Ejiofor was asked about the possibility that he will appear in the next Star Wars movie.

Naturally, the actor played coy, but he didn’t deny anything either, saying (via Yahoo!):

“Who knows? We’ll just have to see. I don’t know is really the only answer I can give you. I’m a huge fan of [the ‘Star Wars’] world and JJ, but I don’t know. I can’t tell you.”

Ejiofor and Fassbender are not only the same age (36), but both actor fits the criteria for the “40-something military man” role that is reported to be a priority casting for Episode VII, along with the young male and female leads – a 17-18 year old “tough-cookie girl” and a 19-23 year old “charismatic, funny guy,” to be exact. We also know that 47-year old Jason Flemyng (X-Men: First Class) read for a role, with the “military man” being a strong possibility. That said, contrary to popular speculation, there’ve been no solid reports yet that the character in question is Expanded Universe favorite Grand Admiral Thrawn.

I’ve already thrown my hat in the ring for Ejiofor to land the mystery “military man” role in Episode VII (or any role in the movie, frankly), as the soon-to-be Oscar-nominated character actor has shown incredible depth and range in his career thus far, with notable performances in films ranging from Amistad, Dirty Pretty Things, Kinky Boots and Inside Man to Joss Whedon’s Firefly movie Serenity, among others.

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Ejiofor also has yet to be given a franchise to call his own even though he deserves one, whereas Weaver (The Matrix and Lord of the Rings trilogies) and Fassbender (the X-Men: First Class trilogy) are no strangers to genre IP’s. Fassbender is contracted to appear in the followup to X-Men: Days of Future Past (currently known as X-Men: Apocalypse) and the upcoming Assassin’s Creed video game movie, which may prevent his involvement with Star Wars, seeing how Lucasfilm and Disney are probably looking to rope in cast members for multi-picture deals.

Indeed, the next era of Star Wars entertainment is will use the shared continuity model of the Marvel Studios’ universe. Hence, for example, the claim that David Oyelowo (The Butler) will star in Episode VII as an older version of the character that he is voicing in the Star Wars Rebels TV series (which takes place between Episodes III and IV), based on him also being rumored to join the next live-action Star Wars installment.

What effect the likelihood of a long-term commitment will have on Ejiofor’s decision, that remains to be seen. Let us know in the comments section if you’d be interested in seeing Ejiofor join the Star War franchise, and what other rumored candidates you’d like to see recruited for the next chapter in the space opera created by George Lucas.


Star Wars: Episode VII opens in theaters on December 18th, 2015.

Source: Yahoo!

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  1. Article title is exactly what is in article. Kudos.

    Hopefully this rumour is true.

    • I wonder what vanilla, black character they’ll have him play…

      • Probably Sansha. Or maybe sleepers in a c6. Idk… Something.

  2. I remember a time when critics laugh at the acting abilities of Ejiofor, dismissing a whole movie because he wasn’t good enough in their view. Now I can’t stop lmao.

  3. Well I hope he joins the cast. Would really be great. Here rooting for casting rumors Liam McIntyre, Benedict Cumberbatch, Hugo Weaving, Michael Fassbender, and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Also wouldn’t mind the Michael B. Jordan rumor.

    • I don’t get the Liam McIntyre for everything rumors and speculation.
      IMO the real standout of the Spartacus series, other than the late great Andy Whitfield, is Dustin Clare.

      By the time the show ended I thought Gannicus had twice the screen presence as Spartacus. Clare portrayed a formidable warrior much better than did McIntyre.

      • Dustin was great but I don’t think his achievements on spartacus take away from Manu, Daniel, or Liam. And what Todd Lasence did as Caeser in the short amount of time he had is amazing.

        • To each there own. My point point being simply this: most of the main characters were given scenes of bad assery, but from the way they were portrayed, I would want to step into the arena least with Gannicus. He was the best physical actor (as in stunts and fighting) on that show. IMO.

          I do agree about Ceasar though.

  4. All the actors mentioned above are great for Star Wars. One actor I would like to see in the mix is Tom Hiddleston ( probably as a rogue pilot and not a Jedi ). Awesome as Loki and one of Marvel’s favourites. As for strong lady leads albeit older would be Jessica Chastain and Emily Blunt for any role

    • Emily Blunt would be good as Bastilla Shan if it were KOTOR.

  5. Well, it really doesn’t matter who performs the military characters. In episodes I-III we saw Captain Panaka played by Hugh Quarshie and Jay Laga’aia as Captain Typho. These characters were non-canon. If you want them to have some importance in the story they have to be strong characters such as Grand Moff Tarkin played by Peter Cushing.

  6. It’s actually quite funny that everytime I see Ejiofor’s face (not saying all african-american looks a like) I really want him to play T’Challa/Black Panther. I mean, he looks really smart, and he’s a former Whedon cast. Probably because I watched Avengers EMH too much, but he really looks so much like the design on that series too.
    And then this Star Wars rumor comes out, so I was like… owwwh… but he can definitely add gravitas to the movie anyway.

  7. Make it happen Disney

  8. He’d sure make an awesome Jedi and would be 10 X better than Mace Windu. Let’s just see if he can swing a sword/lightsaber first, because Samuel L. had NO skill whatsoever and looked completely uncoordinated and terrible. His words carried weight, but he couldn’t back it up. A Jedi needs to do both physically and mentally and I really would buy this guy being able to do that successfully on screen.

  9. how about Idris Elba

  10. I would like to hear more about that Matt Smith rumor.

  11. No female cast yet? or at least rumor?