Star Wars Round-Up: Casting, Table Reads, & Confirmations, Oh My!

Another day, another LR report confirmed. Yesterday, it was my January report about Batman vs Superman and JLA being shot back-to-back and being released a year apart. Today it’s our resident Jedi Scoop Master Kellvin’s turn. Last July, he exclusively reported that- amongst others- Zac Efron was in consideration for a role in Episode VII. As usual, the comments that floated around the web after he broke that story included gems like this:

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But then, as I always caution people when I say “wait and see,” many months would pass and it has finally come to light that yes, Efron is- indeed- up for a role. How do we know? Cause Efron just said so. When asked, point blank, if he was going to be in the next Star Wars, the actor said:

“I don’t know. I have no idea on that. There’s […] irons in the fire, so to speak. I don’t like to talk about anything too early cause it takes a while to get these things done right.”

You can check out his answer for yourself, right here- at the 1:00 mark:

Also on the casting front, Deadline has published an article stating that tomorrow night the cast for the next Star Wars is set to convene in London for the first table read of the script. We all ready know that Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill are in London, but who might be joining them?

According to Deadline, Adam Driver, John Boyega, and Maisie Richardson-Sellers will be in attendance. Their report also mentions Oscar Isaac, but The Hollywood Reporter’s Borys Kit took to Twitter to say somthing about that, claiming that while Isaac had been offered a role, he turned it down because of a scheduling conflict, but it is still unknown if he will be in it.  Kit bolstered the Boyega rumor, though, pointing out that the actor just dropped out of the planned Jesse Owens biopic (RACE) which would clear up his schedule for a trip to that galaxy far, far away. 

John Boyega

John Boyega

Maisie Richardson-Sellers

Maisie Richardson-Sellers

One thing’s for sure: With the table read happening tomorrow night, Abrams isn’t going to be able to keep his cast a secret for much longer. The funny thing is, with all of this secrecy, all the cast list is going to do is disappoint. We all ready know that he’s not exactly hunting forA-list names, opting to focus more on finding gifted up-and-comers, and surrounding them with a handful of veterans- similar to what Lucas did with the original trilogy. So when we finally get all the names, the likelihood of seeing anything extraordinary, or unexpected, is slim to none. Where as if he had just allowed outlets to report casting bits as they happened, he could’ve avoided building towards what’s going to undoubtedly be an anticlimax. 

But hey, who knows? Maybe there is a reason for all the hush-hush. Maybe we’ll find out tomorrow that the reanimated corpse of Sir Alec Guinness is going to appear in Episode VII

Until then. Adios!

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