Chloë Moretz Responds to ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Casting Rumor

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Back when Matthew Vaughn was tipped to direct Star Wars: Episode VII (before J.J. Abrams took the job), there was a rumor going around that he had pitched a version where Chloë Moretz – star of Vaughn’s Kick-Ass comic book movie – would portray the protagonist; most likely, a young Jedi and daughter to Han Solo and Leia Skywalker (i.e. some variation of the character named Jaina in the Star Wars “Expanded Universe” books that take place post-Return of the Jedi).

Moretz is in the middle of a promotional tour for the upcoming Kick-Ass 2 (where she reprises as Mindy Macready a.k.a. Hit-Girl), which has provided reporters with the chance to ask her about the possible Episode VII casting. No surprise, Moretz told MTV that she’s interested in joining the Star Wars franchise, but neither confirmed nor denied the Vaughn story. Then again, the rumor – assuming it’s true – never said that Moretz spoke to Vaughn or Lucasfilm/Disney about Episode VII.

chloe moretz star wars episode 7 Chloë Moretz Responds to Star Wars: Episode VII Casting Rumor

The leaked Episode VII casting breakdown called for two actresses to play female characters in their late teens, while using terms like “fit” “independent” and “tough” to suggest what career type they might have (see: fighter pilot, Jedi, etc.). It’s not yet apparent which one of the young people that will be introduced in Abrams’ Star Wars movie is going to serve as the film’s central protagonist – like Anakin Skywalker in the prequel trilogy and then his son Luke in Episodes IV-VII. However, there is a reasonable chance that the Episode VII script by Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3, Oblivion) could revolve around one of the new non-male players – with additional supporting roles for the returning Star Wars cast members.

Moretz has proven that she can play the hard-hitting fighter archetype in the Kick-Ass movies. In addition, she has demonstrated the range of her dramatic chops in films like Let Me In, Hugo, and Hick, while her upcoming role in the new Carrie adaptation will allow Moretz to cut her teeth by playing a different kind of dark and emotionally-challenging protagonist. Suffice it to say, if there’s a substantial part for a young actress in Episode VII, then Moretz would be an excellent choice to tackle the role – especially if the storyline takes its cues from the “Legacy of the Force” arc from the E.U. (wherein the Jaina character must battle her twin brother Jacen, who has fallen to the Dark Side).

Jaina Solo Star Wars Episode 7 Chloë Moretz Responds to Star Wars: Episode VII Casting Rumor

Jaina Solo vs. Darth Caedus (Jacen Solo)

As for the prospect of a Star Wars movie featuring a female protagonist: Lucasfilm President and Episode VII executive producer Kathleen Kennedy has addressed the need to respect tradition – which includes using a healthy mix of practical and digital effects in Episode VIIand to provide the masses with new complicated stories and characters that are not cookie-cutter versions of their predecessors – which is to say, having a female lead would be one way of accomplishing just that.

Moreover, both the Star Wars movies and E.U. examine personal relationships between family members in a Shakespearean fashion (no Luke/Leia jokes now…), especially those between children and their parents; for example, Anakin and his mother in the prequel trilogy, followed by Luke and his father in the original trilogy, and so on. There is no reason to believe that storytelling practice has to change or be lost, just because an actress such as Moretz could wind up leading the sci-fi juggernaut forward at this point.

What do you think – do you want to see Moretz play the protagonist or some other important character in Star Wars: Episode VII?


Star Wars: Episode VII begins filming in the UK in early 2014, for a Summer 2015 release date.

Source: MTV

Artwork courtesy of Star Wars WikiRed Led Better

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  1. I’m down with that

    • Bah.

  2. I have to say, I love her in every role I see her in…

  3. Dude… I didn’t want a female protagonist for SW VII when I first heard the rumors but Chloe Grace Moetz rocks. I would love for her to be the lead. She’s an aaaaaaawesome actress. She kills it in every role she takes on.

    • She would be awesome in Star Wars, and for the male lead i would like Sam Witwer

      • The force unleashed guy!! Can he act? I haven’t seen any of his movies.

        • Yes, he’s a very good actor.

          • +1

        • He was very good in Dexter and Battlestar Galactica.

      • Was he in Smallville. Because I could not stand that character. But perhaps he’s a decent actor in general?

        • Not only is he a decent actor but one who is a HUGE fan of the franchise, which would make him passionate about the project and his acting will be better because of it.

  4. Can’t wait to see her again in Kick-Ass 2, and I think she’d do just as well in a Star Wars movie.

  5. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of Star Wars?

    No one would wake up and say “Yeah, I was in Star Wars, no big deal or anything”

    • Alec Guinness.

    • Tarantino.

    • Natalie Portman.

    • that one stormtrooper who banged his head on the top of the door in A New Hope

    • Non hardcore fans?

  6. I’d love to see her as the lead in the Jaina vs. Jacen story line. That bit of casting alone would seriously increase my interest in this film.

  7. Obviously she has the acting chops. BUT I would rather not have her cast in SW7. Chloe is already on her way to being a monster actress…I would prefer to have someone a bit more unknown. Still though, it should be the best actor.

    • Kinda like Han Solo in the original trilogy?

      • What does that mean? You are aware that Harrison Ford was not any sort of big deal before Star Wars, right?

    • All of the SW films have had a mixture of established & well known actors along with some unknowns. The fact that someone already has a following not only shouldn’t be held against the idea of their being cast, it’s a boon to the franchise because it brings in their individual fans who may not already be followers of SW. She would be an excellent addition to the franchise & it could only be good for her career as well. It’s win/win all the way around.

    • Yeah maybe it would be cool to see some unknown faces in the movie I tend to like unknown actors a lot, the first star wars mostly had unknown actors in it or at least actors that weren’t as famous as other actors during the time period (not including Alec guiness or any other famous people in star wars)

  8. I think Chloë Moretz would kick-ass(sorry couldn’t resist) playing any character in SW-VII.
    And she brings the right mix of cool female lead, rejuvenation into the SW universe.
    I would put my money on her. But its J.J. so I just wait and let myself be surprised.

  9. LET HER IN. LET HER IN! I’d welcome her addition to the Star Wars Franchise, she’s a FANTASTIC actress with range, emotion, and dedication to whatever she does as an actress.

    I hope she lands a part in the film. I really, really do.

  10. I’m down. Chloe for Jaina Solo!

  11. Yup. Make it so! (wrong universe, I know)

  12. Yeah. It would definitely add some credibility to Episode VII, especially after the casting disaster that was Anakin Skywalker.

    • I think people give Hayden Christensen too much hate. Sure, he wasn’t the best casting choice, but he did the best he could with the material that was given to him. Unfortunately, the terrible lines he was asked to read, and the director he was asked to work with made his performance seem awful.

      Heck, Lucas made Samuel L. Jackson, Liam Neeson, Ewan Mcgregor, Natalie Portman, and the great Christopher Lee look like crap.

      • His character is supposed to be easily manipulated. He’s young and very powerful. Of course he wants more if the Jedi are “holding him back”

      • No dude, Christensen was horrible all on his own!

      • Nah man, Christensen was terrible. FOX threw him a bone with Jumper and he still failed. I’ve got nothing against the guy and I’ll admit that he didn’t have much to work with, but his acting skills are sub-par at best.

        • Never saw Jumper, so I can’t comment on that.

          I agree, he’s not the best of actors, but I think Lucas is more at fault than Christensen for that awful performance.

      • Quite true.

  13. Chloe would be a fantastic choice. She has the charisma, personality, looks and badassery to pull it off.


  14. the one good thing about jj helming, he’s CLEARY looking for ACTORS!!! something that lucas DIDN’T do a very good job of… jake lloyd anyone??? ;)

    • Uhm… have you seen Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Ian McDarmid, Terrence Stamp etc. in other movies? A lack of good actors was clearly not the problem of the prequels. It was the script and more importantly: the director. He has the responsibilty to get the best performance out of the actors, something that George Lucas obviously wasn’t capable anymore.

      • Revenge of the Sith is still really good as a whole IMO

      • you are quite correct, i made an UNFAIR blanket statement, more laziness on my part. Thank you, for paying proper respect to those i left out, you would agree however, that the prequals suffer considerabley from a dreadfully miscast Anakin, if Hayden Christenson of today had been cast then, oh how different eps. 2&3 would have been…

      • Bullseye.

    • I really did not like Lloyd at all in star wars

  15. What is the most brilliant star in the space… it’s Chloë Moretz in Stars Wars 7 !

    • Nuff Said!

  16. While I’d very much like to see her in Star Wars, I do think she’s a bit young for Jaina Solo when compared to the ages of the Original 3.

  17. I would love to see a female protagonist that can kick some behind, and Chloe has what it takes to do so! I was happy to hear the rumor the first time around, and am hoping there is some true to it now, and that she is the one doing the butt kicking.

  18. Yes, and arrange a marriage between us while you’re at it.

    • And how old are you, sir?

  19. If moretz gets a part in Star Wars ill be very interested I think she is becoming a very good actress and I think she can also pull off something great emotional tidbits. By looking at her she can definitely pass as Solo’s kid but I’m not sure if I want the kids to be in the story, I just feel like its less creative from a story telling standpoint and I feel that a lot of people (people that have read the extended galore that is) would know very well where exactly the story would end up going if the kids were to be involved. So I’m not sure but they have brilliant people doing the movie (Abrams, Kennedy, Fisher, Ford, Ardnt, Hamill, and Kindberg) if they are using the kid storyline I have a feeling they’ll alter it to make it new and fresh so that you have no idea what happens next, for example I know that I the books it’s Jacen that turns to the dark side what if it was Jaina or Ben?

    I wonder how much of this movie we will actually find out about one of the things that I loved so much about Star Wars was that when I saw the originals I had no idea what was going to happen (I did know that grader was Luke’s dad though :( ) I wouldn’t be suprised if Abrams and Kennedy are doing everything to keep everything that has anything to do with this movie under raps because after watching some interviews with him it really sound like he wants to audience to see the movie for the first time and not the second time meaning he doesn’t want leaked scripts or trailers or anything. I have a feeling that we aren’t going to hear anything about this movie until the first trailer comes out. It’s gonna drive me out of my mind it already is but at least ill be suprised when I see a movie I haven’t been suprised and blown away at the same time since Dark Knight and I want to feel that again

  20. I like her but she’s too young for the role.
    Ford is 71, Fisher 56, the Solo twins must at least be in their mid 20s.

  21. Yessssssssss please!

  22. I love her, thats a face you will see for a long time
    (she is growing fast though)

  23. I’d kill for a part in Chloë Moretz…

    • And how old are you, sir?

  24. Everyone who is currently active in Hollywood is going to be rumored to be in these movies. Some of it will be ploys by agents trying to get their clients a reading.

  25. I would love to see Ben Winshaw in star wars episode 7

  26. Goood.. Yes, she can play the daughter of one of the heroes.

    • Hey Justin I’m confused with something about episode 7 and I was wondering if you could help me out, it actually doesn’t have anything to do with your comment. I read on one of screen rant’s earliest posts about episode 7 that George Lucas had plans for episode 7-12 do you by any chance know if theyre basing the new script for episode 7 off of the original story ideas Lucas had for episode 7?

  27. How come sometimes there’s a Grace in her name, and sometimes there isn’t? It’s confusing to me.

    Like Sarah Jessica Parker never goes by Sarah Parker. Or Neil Patrick Harris is never Neil Harris.

  28. Chloe ! Chloe ! Chloe ! Hell yeah…