'Star Wars: Episode 7' hasn't been very forthcoming when it comes to details. We sorta knew what was happening, but then J.J. Abrams completely scrapped the existing script by Michael Arndt to start fresh with Lawrence Kasdan ('The Empire Strikes Back'), calling into question everything we thought we knew. But, now we actually have some confirmed story facts for the upcoming sequel. 'Star Wars: Episode 7' will take place 30 years after the events of 'Return of the Jedi' and will follow a trio of young characters.
Star Wars: Episode 7
Casting speculation regarding 'Star Wars: Episode 7' reached a fever pitch about six months ago, but in between all the buzz about who will return and who will play an all-new character, no one thought to ask the most essential question of all: but who will be playing Outer Space itself? Step back, Harrison Ford.
'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.
Adam Driver missed out on the role of Lex Luthor in 'Batman vs. Superman' because of a scheduling conflict. What kind of conflict could keep someone from starring in one of the biggest movies of the year? THE biggest movie of the year. Variety is reporting that Driver is in final talks to star as the villain in 'Star Wars: Episode 7.'
'Star Wars: Episode 7' is scheduled to begin filming in May (just about two-and-a-half months from now), so you'd think casting announcements are imminent. So far, we've heard precious little information about who will actually be starring in the new 'Star Wars' films (aside from Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and others from the original trilogy), but is that about to change? The latest rumor has it that the star of one of this year's biggest movies - 'Transformers 4' - will be the star of one of next year's biggest movies, 'Star Wars: Episode 7'.
In addition to an Oscar-nominated career, Gary Oldman has also had an impressive run in movie franchises of late. From 'Harry Potter' to 'The Dark Knight' to 'Planet of the Apes,' Oldman is turning into the new Samuel L. Jackson. The only thing he's missing is a role in the biggest franchise in the world: 'Star Wars'. But, it turns out he might not be missing that for very long.
Finally, after months of development, J.J. Abrams has confirmed that he's ready to move on to the next stage: this weekend at the Television Critics Association, the director confirmed that the script has been completed for 'Star Wars: Episode 7,' and that the production is now in "deep prep" on the upcoming film, which is scheduled for a December, 2015 release. Well that's a relief.
While 'Star Wars: Episode 7' has been gearing up for production, plenty of names have been rumored to have taken meetings with J.J. Abrams for roles in the upcoming trilogy. Now comes word of three actors whom Abrams has been eyeing for a possible leading role: Michael Fassbender, Hugo Weaving, and 'Girls' star Adam Driver. And we've also got some details on Abrams' reworked script, which is said to focus more heavily on Luke, Leia, and Han.
It's been a while since we've heard any rumblings about 'Star Wars: Episode 7,' likely because the film went/is still going through a page one rewrite, but if the film is going to make its December 18, 2015 release date, we're going to start hearing about who's getting cast shortly. The latest word is that 'Breaking Bad' star Jesse Plemons is being courted for a role.