A new Star Wars: Episode IX casting call details a female lead who goes by the name of Caro. While fans of the galaxy far, far away eagerly await the theatrical premiere of this summer's Solo: A Star Wars Story, Lucasfilm is making the final preparations to begin filming on the sequel trilogy finale. Director J.J. Abrams is returning to finish what he started, drawing from a script written by himself and Chris Terrio. As has become standard practice for new Star Wars installments, it looks like Episode IX is set to add some fresh faces to canon.
It wasn't too long ago word got out Abrams and company were looking to cast a role codenamed "Mara," a woman aged 40-50 years old. Apparently, she won't be the only newcomer to the franchise, as Abrams will be adding someone younger to the fold as well.
According to That Hashtag Show, the part in question is described as an "ethnic female" in the range of 18-26 years of age. There is a preference for an African-American actress to land the role. Among the traits listed, it's said Caro has "captivating naturalness" and is a "leader and problem solver." She also sports a sense of humor and has a "strong will." In all likelihood, the name Caro is simply a placeholder. Unlike Mara, however, it does not have any major ties to Legends and seems to be created just for the film.
Given that The Last Jedi ends with the Resistance small enough to all fit in the Millennium Falcon, it stands reason to believe Caro is one of their new recruits as they look to bolster their forces. Her age is a particularly interesting bit, placing Caro in the same ballpark as Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Kelly Marie Tran. With Oscar Isaac (age 39) also returning as Poe, Episode IX was arguably set in the young lead department, so it'll be interesting to see how Caro factors into the narrative. From the sound of things, Rey and Finn will be together again, so perhaps Caro is someone who accompanies Poe on a mission and gives the hotshot pilot someone new to play off of. It's also possible Caro could be a villain working with the First Order. With the deaths of Supreme Leader Snoke and Captain Phasma, they need some reinforcements as well.
Who lands the role will be a topic of great interest. Historically for young leads such as Caro, Star Wars tends to pluck relative unknowns from obscurity, though there have been instances where a more established name is cast (see: Donald Glover and Emilia Clarke in Solo). As always, it will boil down to who's the best fit. Abrams is renowned for his ability to cast the right actors, so fans have little reason to doubt he'll make the perfect choice for Caro. He'll be rolling the cameras in July, meaning it won't be long until we learn more details.
Source: That Hashtag Show
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: Episode IX (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019