We barely learned that Friday Night Lights
actor Jesse Plemons
is being eyed for a role in the Star Wars: Episode VII
, and sources for the Heat Vision blog are saying that director J.J. Abrams
is also looking at big names like Michael Fassbender
star Adam Driver
and Hugo Weaving
They join previously rumored Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiorfor
and countless others performers to try out for the cast of the anticipated sci-fi sequel.
Moreover, the script for Episode VII
has apparently changed significantly since screenwriter Michael Arndt
clashed over the direction of the project, and the lead characters for the next installment may now be the original trilogy stars: Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill
), Han Solo (Harrison Ford
), and Princess Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher
), while their offspring will take on supporting roles.
Abrams, who took over screenwriting duties last fall (along with Lawrence Kasdan
) apparently wanted to shift the focus onto Luke, Han, and Leia instead in order to give them “a fitting send-off” so the plan now is to have the younger characters take over as the leads in Episode VIII
and Episode IX
For now, the next Star Wars
movie is still opening on December 18th, 2015.