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‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ Casting Update: Who Will Play the New Jedi?

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'Star Wars: Episode 7' has been quietly casting now for what feels like years and still, the only real confirmed role we have is Adam Driver, who will play the film's villain. We know we're going to be introduced to a new era of Jedis, but who is actually going to play the new hero? Let's get ourselves updated and acquainted with the actors at the top of J.J. Abrams' list.

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‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ — Saoirse Ronan Talks Her Audition With a Lightsaber

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Lucasfilm and J.J. Abrams are currently searching for stars to beef up their highly anticipated 'Star Wars: Episode 7.' 'The Host' star Saoirse Ronan recently confirmed she went in to read for a part, but clarifies that "everyone has auditioned for it." Still, she has now opened up about the process, teasing a small tidbit about a new character.

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‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ Director J.J. Abrams Opens Up About the New Film

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Although fans weren't in as quite an uproar when J.J. Abrams was announced to director 'Star Wars: Episode 7' as, say, when a certain 'Daredevil' took on The Dark Knight, but there was a pocket of die hards doubting whether the 'Star Trek' helmer could carry the next chapter of 'Star Wars.' For those still questioning his abilities, Abrams recently opened up about the next installment.

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‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ – Benedict Cumberbatch Rumored to Join Cast

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With filming on 'Star Wars: Episode 7' scheduled to begin in just about four months, casting on the new movie is well underway. And, after many rumors and much conjecture, we've got one more rumor to add to the pile. Director J.J. Abrams, who likes to return to work with some of the same actors, has brought a friend from the 'Star Trek' universe with him: Benedict Cumberbatch is rumored to star in 'Star Wars: Episode 7.'

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Has ‘Star Trek 3′ Found Its Director in Rupert Wyatt?

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Yesterday we heard the rumor that John M. Chu, director of 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' was one of the names being considered for the vacated 'Star Trek 3' captain's chair. That rumor was quickly shot down, but now a new name has risen to the forefront of the conversation: 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' helmer Rupert Wyatt. But how close is this to actually happening?

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‘Star Trek 3′ Rumor: ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’ Director Jon M. Chu Eyed to Helm

Star Trek into Darkness
Paramount Pictures

Ever since J.J. Abrams signed on to direct 'Star Wars: Episode 7,' it's been unclear whether he'd be available to return to the directing chair for 'Star Trek 3.' With Paramount angling for a 2016 release, and Disney pushing to get 'Episode 7' in theaters in 2015, there's no way Abrams could do both. But it looks like Paramount is looking at a replacement, and Jon M. Chu is supposedly at the top of their list.

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‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ Poll: Should J.J. Abrams Drop Out or Go Full Speed Ahead?

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Paramount

Just the other day, for a hot minute, we were hearing rumors that J.J. Abrams was thinking of dropping out of 'Star Wars: Episode 7.' This was quickly debunked by Lucasfilm, which seemed to disappoint those who were hoping the rumor was true. Were you one of the ones hoping Abrams was actually leaving 'Star Wars'?

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Is ‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ Losing J.J. Abrams as ‘Star Trek 3′ Moves Ahead? [UPDATE]

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Paramount

As expected, things have been awfully quiet on the 'Star Wars: Episode 7' front, with rumors and vague suggestions trickling out while few pieces of legit information remains behind lock and key (with Disney's army of lawyers standing guard). However, could this be because the movie is in peril?

Talk has been turning more and more to the possibility of director J.J. Abrams dropping out of the project entirely. (Say it ain't so!)

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‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ — J.J. Abrams Talks About Honoring the Franchise

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Paramount

There are few movie properties than inspire the fervor and passion in their fans that 'Star Wars' does. That means that 'Star Wars: Episode 7' director J.J. Abrams is going to have every geeky eye in the world tracking his every movement and every word for the foreseeable future. Everything he says will be examined and re-examined. It'll be the personal hell he puts up with in order to bring the next 'Star Wars' adventure to the big screen. The 'Star Trek Into Darkness' director recently addressed his responsibilities as the new captain of the franchise at the Produced By Conference.

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Spock Is Ready to Ditch ‘Star Trek’ for ‘Star Wars: Episode 7′

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Many 'Star Trek' fans felt personally betrayed when director J.J. Abrams ditched the series and jumped ship to 'Star Wars: Episode 7.' After all, the two iconic science fiction franchises have been embroiled in a silly war among fans for decades now -- either you're in one camp or the other, it seems. But how would Trekkies feel if Mr. Spock himself, Leonard Nimoy, took a journey to the 'Star Wars' universe?

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