‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ New Character Details Revealed?

Published 1 year ago by , Updated June 24th, 2013 at 10:29 am,

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Close to eight months have passed since Disney bought Lucasfilm from George Lucas – with the intention of producing new Star Wars movies – and since then, we’ve spent a lot of time on speculation concerning which characters from the previous live-action Star Wars installments will make an appearance in director J.J. Abrams’ Episode VII; not to mention, whether or not bringing back original cast members is a good idea at all.

A month ago the first major casting rumor for a new character – one who would be introduced in Episode VII - began making the rounds, thanks to claims that Abrams may reunite with actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers on the film. The latter worked with Abrams before on Mission: Impossible III, so that doesn’t at all seem like a far-fetched idea, with regard to Meyers playing, say, a Jedi in the film.

Prior to that, all we had to go on was a rumor that the Episode VII script – written by Oscar-winner Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) – could end up featuring a teenage female protagonist; that would mirror how the original Star Wars movie revolves around teen-aged Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill). Today, we have an unconfirmed casting breakdown that reveals some more details about the main characters in the next Star Wars movie (and helps to add more fuel to the speculation fire).

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Bleeding Cool has posted the following character breakdown for Episode VII, which is reported to have begun open casting today in the U.K. (where filming will take place). The site is emphasizing that the characters are “not necessarily to be billed in the order below,” and stressing that the site has “100% confirmed” that the following is accurate. (… But, as always, best to take all this with a healthy grain of salt for the time being.)

  • Late-teen female, independent, good sense of humour, fit.
  • Young twenty-something male, witty and smart, fit but not traditionally good looking.
  • A late twentysomething male, fit, handsome and confident.
  • Seventy-something male, with strong opinions and tough demeanour. Also doesn’ t need to be particularly fit.
  • A second young female, also late teens, tough, smart and fit.
  • Forty something male, fit, military type.
  • Thirtysomething male, intellectual. Apparently doesn’t need to be fit.

The late-teen female roles line up with speculation that Episode VII could revolve around the teenage daughter of Han and Leia Solo, be she named Jaina – like in the Star Wars expanded universe – or something else altogether. That doesn’t count out the possibility that one of the young male characters mentioned here is Han and Leia’s son; though, the oldest Solo/Skywalker children probably won’t be twins (a la Jaina and Jacen Solo in the E.U.), assuming the above is correct.

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  1. “Star Wars” has been turned into a women’s empowerment movie.

    I guess there really is an anti-male movement.

    • And why not? Don’t women deserve to take center stage?

      • Women don’t deserve to take center stage, men don’t deserve to take center stage. How about Disney give us a good story and a good movie, instead of playing PC gender-politics with Star Wars?

        • Well said

        • Sounds to me you were probably beaten up really bad by a bunch of girls when you were in Middle School.

        • //playing PC gender-politics with Star Wars//

          What is that assertion even based on?? The movie doesn’t exist yet and you’re already assuming it isn’t a good story because what, there are both male and female roles? Sounds like you just like complaining.

        • How about you don’t bash any gender choices when you don’t even know what the story is going to be. How would that be for not playing any gender-politics? Sounds to me as if you taking the Ford approach: The main character can be of any gender one likes, as long as he’s male”.

          p.s.: I just hope there isn’t going to be any love triangle Twilight style.

      • It’s sometimes hard to explain, but as a a heterosexual man who loves and adores everything about a woman and all that is feminine, I LOVE the idea of strong and empowered women in film and in literature.

        That’s one of the reasons I still feel it would be great to have a female Doctor Who.

        I much prefer to watch WOMEN do their thing rather than a bunch of sweaty, old men. Which is why I LOATHE those stupid “Expendable” movies.

        To each their own.

        But obviously, whether this report is true or false, I like the way this new Star Wars flick is being conceived.

      • NO! They belong in the kitchen!

    • Yep,I mean, Two strong female characters! God, they’re pushing to far here.

      • Actually, if they can get women into Star Wars, think of the growth. It makes all the sense in the world. Every man loves Star Wars, the only way to grow is to bring in the women.

    • Too bad you feel so “powerless.”

      AKA “Threatened.”

      • @ Marcus

    • Not to add to the pile-up your comment is getting, but how is it “anti-male”?
      If the movie is truly “anti-male”, all the male characters would be terrible and evil. While there’s definitely going to be a villain (who’ll most likely be male if they take inspiration from the extended universe), I’m certain some of the male characters will still be good guys lol. Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill have pretty much been confirmed to return.

      …I think the word you were looking for is “equality”

    • lol, because there are female roles?

    • Wow, you sounded like a girl when you said that.

    • Star Wars is science fiction, why shouldn’t a woman be able to triumph over evil and defeat powerful Sith lords? You go, girl.

      No, seriously, Dwight Shrute said it best: “Reject a woman, and she will never let it go. One of the many defects of their kind. Also, weak arms.”

      By “fit” they better mean she’s been hitting those curls and scull-crushers, ain’t no weak-armed woman taking down a Darth Vader/Maul!

      Bane

  2. Interesting stuff!! Also I’m hoping they use actual sets and locations as Lucas did back in the 70′s for the original trilogy. And not depend too heavily on the blue/green screen work. Otherwise I like what I’m reading here. But what of The Emperor’s Hand? Shall we be seeing Mara Jade as well?

  3. i guess everyone works out

  4. The blonde guy in the top photo looks like Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

    • I think he would be kick ass in this type of film.

      Jaime Lannister in the Star Wars Universe

  5. Anyone but Rhys Meyers, he can’t act, From Paris with Love left a bad taste of him

    • Check out some of his other movies, I heard from paris with love sucked but he’s been good in other stuff.

    • Doesn’t Star Wars usually revolve around lack luster acting skills?

      • You have never seen The Empire Strikes Back have you?

        • Your comment is so smooth, not like sand. Sand is rough, it gets in your toes, it grates like my voice and makes you want to leave the scene altogether.

  6. Just cast it well and make an entertaining movie, no intergalactic discussions on trade tariffs or weirdly racist aliens please.

  7. I’d cast Juno Temple and Abigail Breslin as the two females, Anton Yelchin and Richard Madden as the two males, Alan Rickman as the 70 year old, Tom Hiddleston as the intellectual, and Karl Urban as the military type.

    • Hey a comment on who should fill the roles! Wow…the purpose of the comments section has now been defined :-)

      Abigail Breslin is a great choice, inspired even, but I would also throw Dakota Fanning’s name into the ring for that role.

      I don’t think they could cast two NuTrek actors in the Star Wars movie directed by Abrams without getting some rage. Of the two I would keep Anton if I had to choose. I love Urban as an actor but Yelchin has a quirky look to him that would be good for a secondary ‘male lead’ to a female lead.

      Juno is a good second actress, but I would also throw Felicity Jones in for consideration.

      Alan Rickman? Eh maybe, prefer John Hurt or John Noble.
      Hiddleston and Madden……yes.
      Hidd

      • I don’t think you’ll be seeing Bones and Chekov in a Star Wars movie even with the same director.

  8. Too bad I have no prior acting experience outside of little projects with friends and didn’t hear about this until just now because I somehow look older than I actually am and could easily pass for the last role on that list purely based on the physical description.

  9. I don’t know… I just feel like no matter what they do these movies are going to be a let down. All 3 prequels sucked, Indiana Jones 4 sucked, the most recent Die Hards sucked, etc…

    It just seems like whenever Hollywood tries to reinvigorate an old franchise we all get excited, and then we all feel duped and talk about what could have been

  10. Attempting to ignore gender roles/wars/equality rights etc.
    I can relate more to a young male lead as opposed to a female one and would prefer a male lead, but wouldn’t mind a female lead. But please, I beg for all that’s holy that it isn’t Jennifer Lawrence, please!

    • you said it. She isn’t good right? i don’t get the appeal.

      I doubt that they would go for someone that established anyway… I would guess that they would focus on an up and coming male/female that they could use through the trilogy and would want that person associated primarily with the Episode 7, 8, 9… They shouldn’t get someone who is immediately going to be recognized as Mystique from X-men, the girl thats good with a bow and arrow from hungry games, or that crazy dancing girl from Silver Linings.

      • Yeah, I don’t get the hype.
        Mystique she’s good as, in the Hunger Games she’s good but not anything special, I didn’t find anything outstanding about her perfomance in Silver Linings, but I will say she was great in Winter Bone.
        And it’s not so much anything against her, I just don’t enjoy watching her and I want to enjoy these new Star Wars movies.

  11. Starwars: Twilight

  12. Starwars: Twilight.

    Script by Diablo Cody

  13. I can only hope that Abrams delivers a darker, more realistic version of Star Wars that reinvigorates the franchise to the standards of today’s film-making. Modern audiences would find the original trilogy campy and cheesy by today’s standards. Whoever the lead protagonist is, they’d better be more relatable than a backwater farmer, a snotty Princess or an over-sized dog. Real characters with real world concerns please, and be sure to throw some political commentary in there… today’s audiences love that.

  14. Dane Dehaan for Ben Skywalker.

    • guy looks nothing like mark hamill though.

      • Really? I see similarities between Dane and Mark from A New Hope. Mark’s looks after his car accident do change that a bit. You have to account for the mother’s looks, too.

    • Needs to add a couple of pounds-otherwise I think he’d do well.

    • Like I said to someone else, great choice.

  15. Just do not do a reboot in the same story arch as New Hope, with different characters (genders)

  16. SchmoesKnow.com got it first not Bleeding Cool.

  17. If you’re following what Lucas did even FILMING in England then the CASTING should extend to the USA! Lucas had TWO groups of actors audition and then decided which CAST he liked better. You can’t just walk in and lazily say oh we’re filming in England so we need British actors. No! Who the f*ck are they?! o.O Its OUR franchise. Lucas grew up in Modesto, CALIFORNIA! o.o Abrams is American. I don’t care if you’re not disregarding the USA, Abrams it should be in print for the MEDIA to not get it twisted like you’re giving UK the EDGE! o.o Sure, C-3PO and R2-D2 I can see. Though they’re DROIDS! Same with Chewbacca he’s in costume. We give the Brits what is more THEATRICAL. We respect them enough to give them the juiciest parts. What do Luke and all do? Whine like its helpless to learn using the Force. They get the celebrity but whose been in ALL Star Wars franchises? The Droids and Wookies. So why would you fix what isn’t broken by REVERSING the process or let the media THINK what they want in potentially messing things UP in confusion?! I wouldn’t! I’d shake them down right NOW to print a retraction if they’re starting up something.

  18. Please don’t suck, please don’t suck, please don’t suck!!!!

  19. How about JJ make a movie with a script in mind that caters to this generation and generations to come? The worst thing a director can do is make a movie that appeals to this run down culture of fast action, campy writing and no plot. The movies that last forever have a great story that everybody can relate to now and in the future. Please, JJ, don’t cater to the retarded children of this generation who will soon (hopefully) outgrow the dimwitted impulses of nothingness just to make a dollar. I think Abrams can and will make a great film.

  20. I hate being THAT guy, but schmoes know broke this story a day before Bleeding Cool and they (the schmoes) actually brought a source. Just wanna give credit where credit is due.

    http://schmoesknow.com/star-wars-episode-vii-casting-breakdown/

  21. There won’t be any EU characters in the movie. I am sure the list is a fake.

  22. Why does everyone assume it’s going to be the Solo kids? Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher are going to look like Grandparents in this movie. Saying they have kids in their twenties will be a stretch, not to mention completely throwing out decades of EU. I understand that EU isn’t considered canon, but are we really sure that Disney is going to slap the faces of hundreds of thousands of fans who follow the EU closely, when the EU has really set it all up perfectly for a new movie to take over? 6 movies focused on the Skywalker family, and suddenly it’s a Solo story? OR, is the “not traditionally good looking” male role more likely Ben Skywalker, who isn’t traditionally good looking in the books? The other late-teen/twenties roles could easily be Vestara Khai and the Horn siblings. Just throwing it out there. Assuming that the EU is getting totally thrown out the window, I think, is a huge mistake.

  23. I knew it!
    Star Wars 7 is essentially similar to ‘Legend of Korra’!
    Korra, Bolin, Mako, Asami and a few other characters actually fit more or less into these roles.

    Personally Legend of Korra is an example of a spiritual sequel series done right.

  24. I could actually see that Dane Dehaan ( not sure if i spelled it right, much to lazy to check) pulling off Luke’s ( Hamil) son or relative he looks similar and is a decent actor so far.

    • That is a great choice. I mean if you watch Chronicle you can def see him as a Jedi no doubt. You could def see him as a Sith Apprentice as well.

  25. If they’re going to have Jaina you GOT to keep Jacen as her twin. They’re Both a pivotal (?) Role in the EU and NOT to be sideswiped by Hollywood fatcats. Perhaps they should start reading up on this crape fast!

  26. I don’t mind that they are having both male and female roles. I am mad that they are making it in the new era. I would have much preferred a story based in the old republic.

    • KotOR Movie FTW!!!

  27. Chloe Grace Moretz and Hailee Steinfeld for the teen girl choices. Chloe as the main lead actress of course. Would anybody really be upset about this? How could you be?

  28. “Seventy-something male, with strong opinions and tough demeanour. Also doesn’ t need to be particularly fit.”

    having just seen Eddie Izzard in Hannibal, I hope he at least gets a look in…

  29. What does non traditionally good looking mean? Ugly?