J.J. Abrams Talks ‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ Tone; Has Chiwetel Ejiofor Been Cast?

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Along with these insights, the article from The Times has added a new name to the casting rumor list: 12 Years A Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor. 

Ejiofor will be known to sci-fi fans as the scene-stealing, nameless agent pursuing Captain Mal Reynolds and company in Joss Whedon’s Serenity, the big-screen sequel to the fan-favorite series Firefly. The article from The Times appears to merely observe Ejiofor’s presence at Abrams’ production company, but is it also a hint that he has been cast, as Jedi News observes?

Ejiofor is considered a front-runner in the Best Actor Oscar race for his role in director Steve McQueen’s slavery drama, and he’s one of the most charismatic actors currently working. Among the names said to be considered for parts in the new Star Wars movie, only Saoirse Ronan has confirmed that an audition took place. Expect some kind of update or confirmation where actors are concerned soon enough.

Rumor-fuel aside, does this tell us anything new? Sort of, yes. We’ve assumed up to now that Abrams knew he’d have to bridge the generations with this seventh film, along with setting a tone for a new trilogy and furthering the saga in a way that will satisfy fans old and young – a task both thankless and almost impossible.

Still, we know Abrams is up to the technical side of things (his Star Trek films can almost be classified as his Star Wars dry runs), but even this small insight offers the hope that Episode VII really can expand this universe even further, making the case for a series of spin-offs even stronger.


Star Wars: Episode VII remains tentatively set for a 2015 theatrical release.

Source: CBM & The Times

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  1. That would be fantastic. I mean Benedict Cumberbatch, Saoirse Ronan, and Chiwetel Ejiofor? That would be one hell of a start for a cast.

  2. Yes but this guy as…who?

  3. Some kind of operative?

  4. I agree with most of the points made in the video. Except the thing about “star wars happens away from civilisation”… Shure, the original trilogy happened away from civilisation, but for a reason. All the heroes were hiding from the empire. On Tatooine, Hoth, Dagobah etc. In the prequels, and in the upcoming sequels, it makes sense to put the story in the epicenters of the galaxy.

  5. In a follow up blog post the fella behind the four rules explains the on the frontier thing in terms very similar to how Abrams describes the appeal of the original film. It comes down to a feeling of possibility, basically. The guy admits that you don’t need to go to the frontier to get that necessarily, but makes the point that for a certain sort of Star Wars fan (me and just about all my friends, for example) that kind of vibe is of central importance. I for one am looking for a story that expresses that, and thankfully it looks like Abrams is too.

    Which brings me to my point. In reference to this article, I took almost the opposite away from Abram’s quote about a world existing beyond the borders of the film. In my view that’s 100℅ not a hint about the return of the Empire, but about the need to do something new with the franchise.

    Taken with Abram’s praise for the “rules” and their overall emphasis on keeping Star Wars mysterious (he describes them elsewhere in the Times’ piece as “right on” if not exhaustive) and *his* general prediction for mystery, I think think this sentence is key: “The beauty of that movie was that it was an unfamiliar world, and yet you wanted to see it expand and to see where it went.”

    To me that really, really does not say get ready for much, much more of what you’ve seen before.

  6. It’s great if they want to take the story to places so far unexplored, both figuratively (in terms of plot) and literally (in terms of new planets and world mechanics).

    The only “rule” I don’t really agree with would be the one about “cuteness”. This coming from people who put Ewoks in the video not too long before that statement. The original trilogy was just as much for kids as the prequel trilogy was; there’s no wrong with “cute” or “child-friendly” if it’s done right, the point being that the prequel trilogy did it way worse than the original one.
    That’s not to say that the original trilogy did it right. But certainly less awkwardly.

    • Also Han stepping on jabba’s tale was not meant as cute, it was meant a way for him to insult jabba without actually saying anything to him directly (yes I know the actual technical reason it was done, but I guess I am in the minority in thinking that it works, its something that Han would do, along with shooting first)

  7. He’s a brilliant actor, the best thing in Firefly and amazing in Kinky Boots.. Great casting choice if its true.

  8. I bet he’ll be a stir with 2 blue lightsabers!

    • * sith

  9. Lando Jr.?

    • also thought that but seeing as there are rumours of a han solo origin story it could be that he is lando anyways if its true its great casting for any role excellent emotional actor I was hoping for him being the first black doctor!

  10. You know on top of being in this movie with the original actors, Benedict Cumberbatch, Saoirse Ronan, and Chiwetel Ejiofor

    they should bring in:

    Jennifer Lawrence – Jedi or sith
    Scarlett Johansson – Jedi
    Jeff Bridges – Thrackan Sal Solo, Han’s cousin
    Robert Downey Jr. – either Jedi or senate (major role) or general
    Emma Stone – Sith
    John Goodman – Bartender
    Tom Hiddleston – Jedi Master
    Chris Hemsworth – soldier
    Tom Hardy – Sith

    • If Disney/Lucasfilm hired that many ‘names’ they’d go broke. Have the originals come back with a cast of unknowns or up-and-comers like they did with ANH.

    • LOL Jeff Bridges. Awesome!
      “You’re messing with my Jedi thing man!”

      A maryjane toking version of what a Jedi master can be. We haven’t seen that before.

  11. I dont mind to actually see novice actors for a major role in star wars…
    I prefer that, on top of well-known A list actors.

  12. I agree about keeping mystery in there. The thing with explaining the Force really ruined it for me.

  13. Enough with the rumors and cast somebody J.J. and I pray Benedict Cumberbatch, Chitiwel Ejiofor or Saoirse Ronan get cast. I also want Alex Pettyfier to be cast as well.

    Benedict Cumberbatch- New Sith killer on the rise (like Galen from the Old republic games)

    Chitiwel Ejiofor- Lando’s son

    Alex Pettyfier and Saoirse Ronan- Jacen Solo and Jaina Solo

    • Galen was not part of the Old Republic, he was part of the timeline between episode 3 and 4. The Old Republic was thousands of years before the movie (Revan, Nihilus, Bastilla, Vitiate ect).

      • Oh right ..forgot

  14. i hope they don’t use any of the expanded univers…you will never hear the end of it from hardcore fans

  15. It’s kinda inevitable

  16. thats what im scared of…i thought Lucas had stuff already written that nobody saw and only gave go greenlights to authors with original stroies