‘Star Wars 7′: New Casting Rumors; Harrison Ford May Have ‘Gigantic’ Role

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Walt Disney Pictures, Lucasfilm, and J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions have managed to keep a lid on many a secret concerning Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII throughout pre-production; now that second unit filming is underway – with principal photography gearing up to begin in London – it won’t be long before we learn which (if any) of the casting rumors that’ve sprung up around the project over the past year are true… and which ones are utterly false.

It’s safe to assume that – as has long been all-but officially acknowledged – original Star Wars trilogy cast members Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford are returning for Episode VII, seeing how they’ve been spotted in London over the past week. Meanwhile, earlier today, we posted an update from actor Zac Efron, who avoided ruling out the possibility that he could indeed be headed to the Star Wars universe.

The latest report from Deadline, however, makes no mention of Efron; instead, the site indicates that lauded character actor Oscar Isaac – who headlined the Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis last year – is apparently up for a “major role” in Episode VII. Additionally, previously-reported candidates like Adam Driver (Girls), young British actor John Boyega (Attack the Block), and British theater alum Maisie Richardson-Sellers may still be front-runners for important roles in the film, judging by the latest Deadline update (which are generally pretty reliable).

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Oscar Isaac in ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’

As mentioned before, nothing is official yet – though, the potential Episode VII cast outlined above is quite strong; besides having its fair share of critically-acclaimed up and comers, the collection of names listed here is relatively diverse (in keeping with Abrams’ desire) – by modern Hollywood tentpole standards, anyway. Now, we just have to wait and see which – again, if any -of these younger people are actually going to be sharing the screen with the older versions of Luke, Leia, and Han Solo.

Speaking of Han – the Deadline report also claims that Ford has a “gigantic role” in Episode VII; he’s still the biggest-name star of the original Star Wars trilogy cast trio and has perhaps remained the most active over the years, as far as live-action acting is concerned. Based on that and the ongoing possibility that Indiana Jones 5 could happen down the line (with Ford reprising as the eponymous archaeologist), this rumor doesn’t sound altogether unreasonable.


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

Source: Deadline

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  1. Uh,,,, duh? Was anyone really NOT expecting this?!

    As for Oscar, here’s to hoping he gets it over Efron, please leave the teen queen out of this universe.

    • Yes, it does seem rather obvious that both Ford and Hamill will have large roles, at least in the first film. I would think Hamill would have the larger role, since he is the one who has the “force”.

      I’m sure they’ll be some teenagers in there as well, but hopefully, they’ll keep their shirts on.

  2. This makes a lot of sense. He’s role in the original trilogy was surprisingly small, and I’m going to bet he also gets killed off in this one, so he deserves a proper send off.

  3. Peter/Han Solo’s line from Family Guy: Blue Harvest says it perfectly: “I’m Han Solo and the only actor whose career is not ruined by this film.”

  4. I’m assuming than Han Solo will have a high position in the New Republic. Grand Chancellor perhaps ?

    May the Mouse be With You

    • Han as a Grand Chancellor? What are you smoking?

      Not sure what they will have doing career wise, his smuggling days are long over. I kinda see him more as a Don Draper type working for a major starship corporation on Coriella.

  5. Good news, Han is THE MAN!!

  6. Star Wars 7:Into Darthness

    Han becomes Darth Vader

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  9. If Zach Efron is cast in the new Star Wars movie I will commit seppuku and ritually disembowel myself on the sticky floor of my local movie theatre.

    • Honestly, whats the big problem with Zac Efron? After the casting choices in the prequels, I’d welcome someone with his acting chops with open arms. He may be a girly-man, but the kid can act, and acting is essential to, uh, films, ya know?

      • Yeah, maybe you’re right. I was being a little hard on the punk. His new movie “Neighbors” is getting a lot of good buzz. (I wasn’t going to see it, but they’re saying its one of the best comedies of the year). To me “Star Wars” is sacred territory, and to cast anyone in it who has been in “High School Musical” is blasphemy. But now the new cast has been announced, we dodged a bullet.

        • It’s not blasphemy for someone in HSM to have a career afterwards or be in Star Wars. I predicted he’d be at least talked about for the sequels years in advance, and sure enough, at least that has happened.

          It’s not blasphemy, because Star Wars is a fantasy franchise. (I wouldn’t even call it sci-fi.) If Star Wars is more than that, you’re priorities are out of whack.