Star Wars: Saoirse Ronan Talks Auditioning With Lightsaber For ‘Episode 7′

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Director  J.J. Abrams has a monumental task ahead of him in reviving the Star Wars franchise and continuing the saga where it left off with Episode VI – Return of the Jedi 30 yeas ago. Part of the challenge in launching a new trilogy with Episode VII is finding the right actors who will take on the roles of future geek entertainment icons.

With Star Wars: Episode VII shooting early next year for its unannounced 2015 release date, Abrams, Disney and Lucasfilm are in the process of auditioning everyone you can possibly think of for the new characters. And “everyone” is an apt word according to Saoirse Ronan, who recently confirmed that she herself, tested for a part in Star Wars: Episode VII.

Disney seems keen on Ronan as she was also listed as the ideal candidate to play new female character Scarlet Witch in Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron, a role that has since unofficially gone to Elizabeth Olsen, according to Star Wars prequel trilogy actor Samuel L. Jackson.

In a podcast with Empire, Ronan spoke again about her audition, and offers a few details on what part she could have been testing for.

“Yeah, I did [audition for Star Wars Episode VII]… I don’t know whether I should have said that now! I mean, everyone did. Everyone has auditioned for it. So many people I know have gone in for the part I’ve gone in for, and guys who’ve gone in for a particular part, so I’d imagine J.J. is probably just scanning the earth to find the people that he needs.”

“But nobody has a clue what it’s about, and nobody’s read the script. So I’ve gone in and read for it, but I have to say, I think it’s the only time I’ve ever thought, ‘You know what? Even if I don’t get it, I had so much fun auditioning, pretending to take out a lightsaber – out of a bag, kind of inspect it and not know what it is. That was… that was great. A lightsaber! Star Wars!”

Some of the actors we’re heard going in to audition for Star Wars include Alex Pettyfer, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chloë Grace Moretz, David Oyelowo, Michael B. Jordan, Sullivan Stapleton, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Liam McIntyre, Ksenia Solo, Rachel Hurd-Wood, even Zac Efron and Ryan Gosling.

As for this particular role, in a scene involving a lightsaber, but not knowing what it is…

Could Ronan be in the running to play the rumored daughter of Han (Harrison Ford) and Leia Solo (Carrie Fisher)? The lightsaber would be a hint that the character could share scenes with Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) at a Jedi training facility or could be looking through Skywalker’s old things. That is, if the film follows and of the extended universe fiction from the many Star Wars novels that released after the film.

For all we know, the lines they’re reading may have nothing to do with the actual Episode 7 script, something Abrams will be extremely secretive of, like most of his productions.

Can you see Saoirse Ronan as a young Jedi (or Sith) in training?


Star Wars: Episode VII is tentatively slated to reach theaters by Summer 2015, though it could wind up delayed until the Winter Holiday Season.

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Source: Empire

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  1. It’s refreshing to see we’ll get a female Jedi that’s actually a character. Too many princesses in the past. Still, Princess Leia was a great character though.

    • I’d really like to see Leia use force powers instead of a saber. Sort of like Yoda before he takes his saber out. Persuasion, healing, absorbing dark force powers; I think that suits her best.

      • Yeah, I’d hope it wasn’t cheesy. Luke had training to bring it out of him starting with ANH, but Leia was only really in tune with her feelings and the premonition side of the Force. I’d hope it could be implied that she’s still further behind the curve than Luke, who’s maybe been trying to teach her when she has time away from the Senate or whatever the government is now. That would make it realistic, it’s not like Luke DIDN’T have the time when his foster parents were killed. He was looking for something to focus his energy on whereas Leia focused on leadership and politics. I just want something believable. I almost think I’d laugh if I saw Carrie Fisher force pushing a stormtrooper or something. It just wouldn’t suit what we know already. I think her premonition abilities could def. come into play though when in a sticky situation and bring back that feeling of Leia being able to “feel” things that will or already have come to pass.

        • Yeah I think the premonitions will be her main force power. I’d like to see them creative with force powers too. It would be silly to see her force push a stormtrooper but what about a force wall or putting people to sleep? I wanna see the characters get innovative and resourceful with the powers they have. I wanna see a sith lord charge his saber with force lightning and chuck it at Luke. It goes at Luke like a spear but he just puts his hand out, absorbs the charge, and the saber beam gets pushed back into the hilt.

          • That would be awesome, it would be way more believable for Luke to have become a Jedi Master and certainly more in tune with some epic force powers. I feel like it should be more draining to him however because it takes a greater amount of energy to harness or repel it plus he’s older. So I would hope it wouldn’t be Force this, Force that, but it would be kept for subtle, practical use or only when it’s absolutely necessary, not just to make a scene look cool i.e. the Jedi speed that Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan used in TPM but neglected to EVER use again in the entire movie, only when it was convenient to get the heroes away from destroyer droids. I loved when Luke used his Force jump when fighting Vader on Bespin, that was really awesome and looked real. They need to do that practical effects stuff way more. Hopefully Leia pulls some mind trick stuff too.

            • I agree for the main movies, but for some of the spin offs, I’d love to see them go all out like Force Unleashed.

              • While I think that looks cool in video game form, I still think it looks to cheesy and fake for a movie. I like the idea of Luke actually using it sparingly and the idea that a Jedi can be exhausted from using it. The Force Unleashed is like anytime, anywhere.

    • I agree, lately there have been some pretty strong female performances in movies and I think Star Wars could benefit from having a strong female protagonist. The other thing I think they will really benefit from, and something I think should really be happennig, is having a diverse cast! From what I know, it seems like theres all these white people auditioning for these roles. I know that the nature of the role itself is still pretty unknown, but there has to be more diversity than a couple black dudes. Looking back at the original star wars movies, I get why everyone white-it was a different time-but its 2013 and its J.J. Abrams, think of how diverse the Lost cast was! As a minority, I will be very, very dissapointed if I don’t see more diversity in the cast and it will probably keep me from going to watch this movie!

      • I’m satisfied having different species. Sith are red with little face tendrils. is that diverse enough?

  2. Haha that picture.

  3. Jains Solo Fel

    • ^ Jaina

  4. Her last little bit sounded so much like a giddy little kid (which is exactly how I’d be) it cracked me up. “A lightsaber! Star Wars!”

    • If you believe the rumours, even Daniel Day-Lewis was impressed when Lucas and Kennedy offered him a lightsaber – “Where do I sign”, he gushed!

      • Who wouldn’t? I’d love to see him as a sith lord. I also wanna see the actual sith species even though I know that probably won’t happen

      • Day-Lewis would be great,it would also be a good indication of the script quality.


  5. Yeah I’d have to guess it’s probably for Jaina Solo.

  6. I hope there is no mention of the prequel trilogy. In fact I hope someday we get a reboot 😉

  7. Why do I feel like I just read a spoiler?

    I think she auditioned for the daughter of Han and Leia. She has an uncle that lives away from most civilization on his own. They go to visit him. She and her twin sibling are in his house but he’s not there. They search through his house and stumble upon a lightsaber. “I wouldn’t touch that,” they hear. “Uncle Luke!” they respond and hug him.

    When a new threat arises, they get caught up in a journey together with Han and Leia too, not too dissimilar from A New Hope and Michael Ardnt’s other films about a family going on a trip together, Little Miss Sunshine and Toy Story 3 (different kind of family). Luke begins to teach them the ways of the force. Eventually one sibling is lured away by the dark side. They other is the new hero.

    • Why do I feel like I just read a spoiler?

  8. Not to get all super-nerdy, but if Abrams is really setting the new films thirty years after Return of the Jedi, it’s going to be difficult. That’s a very…complicated time in the Star Wars continuity.

    • The Expanded Universe isn’t canon so they can choose to ignore whatever is going on “30+ Years ABY”.

  9. Saoirse would be a fantastic choice! Great actress and its nice to see her excited about the possibility

  10. If luke is living in seclusion somewhere it would be cool if it was the old lars moisture farm on tatooine . l really want to see who inherits the falcon for the next 3 movies .

  11. I don’t want the story to be ruined. Surprise is gonna be key. I still check almost everyday for any tidbits of info. I love Ronan for the part. I know that the movies are not going to be based on the expanded universe but I could totally picture her as jaina solo. I’m on my 36th EU novel and I just can’t get enough. Ps. Side trilogy that could rock, the darth bane trilogy was great story from the other side of the spectrum

  12. If the villain rumors are true, then I’d love to see Benedict Cumberbatch as a Sith Lord that’s so awesome, he’d make Darth Vader wet himself. Ronan can be his badass apprentice. Or, she can be Han and Leia’s daughter, that works to.

    • This! +1

  13. I think there’s more to this than she’s letting on. Thats twice now she’s mentioned her Star Wars audition in separate interviews. If everyone has auditioned like she said then why haven’t we heard anything from them. If secrecy is a top priority even for the auditioning process then there’s no way in hell she’d just let it slip out.(She’s been a top professional since the age of 12 with a lot of smart people workin behind her. father, agent etc that have helped land massive roles in the past)

    If ya ask me, I think she has the part in the bag already. She’s the best actress in her age group out there (Oscar nominated at the age of 13) and she’s already proved she has the physical capabilities for any role in Star Wars after her fantastic performance in Hanna. I really hope she does get the part, she’d be perfect.

  14. It’s nice to hear that the people auditioning still geek out over the Star Wars stuff. There was some footage floating around the internet a few years ago of Ewan McGregor and Liam Neeson having one of their first days on set and they were just waving their lightsaber props around and making the noises.

  15. Finally some significant progress for women. And it’s a relief to know Star Wars will have lightsabers.

  16. I would love to see some force unleashed style use of thre force. Lets explode the possibilities. Side story sure no problem

  17. Here’s what I’d love to see – DDL play the last of the Sith Lords (maybe even The Emperor’s son) who turns Luke Skywalker’s daughter (Ronan) to the dark side by telling her about her grandfather, Darth Vader and giving her his lightsaber.