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Star Wars: Episode VII Is Still Looking To Cast A Substantial Female Role

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Princess LeiaEarlier today we finally, after more than 18 months of speculation, rumor, hearsay, gossip, and rampant, baseless conjecture, found out about cast of J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII. I wonder if you could have placed a bet in Vegas? Or what the odds would have been? So we’ll have that to talk about from now until the film opens on December 18, 2015. We still don’t know anything about the roles the actors will play, except for the obvious ones—I’m assuming that Harrison Ford will in fact play Han Solo, but Abrams plays things, so close to the vest it’s entirely possible he won’t even admit to that. One thing you might have noticed about the casting announcement is that it is a total sausage party. But according to one report, Episode VII is still in the market for a potential female lead.

Of the seven new additions to the franchise—John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow—only one is a woman. In fact, even when you add these actors to the returning stars—Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker—only two of the cast members, Fisher and Ridley, lack a Y chromosome. It was starting to smell a lot like dude.

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Star Wars: Episode VII Cast Revealed — Ford, Fisher & Hamill Confirmed

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star-wars-01_2000x1136Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow. At long last, that’s the cast of J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII, officially announced today on StarWars.com, along with the above picture of the cast gathered together with director Abrams.

Abrams’ statement reads:

We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again. We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud.

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Han Solo Could Play A Major Part In Star Wars: Episode VII

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Han SoloEarlier today we learned that Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford are all in London. That news started some wheels turning. You may remember, they were in this little movie called Star Wars a few years back. Since director J.J. Abrams is rumored to be filming his Star Wars: Episode VII at London’s Pinewood Studios, and all three actors are rumored to be involved, well, you get where this train of thought went. This, of course, kicked the rumor mill into high gear, and now we’re hearing reports that the first big table read for Episode VII is going down tomorrow, as well as rumblings in regard to some of the new additions to the cast and the size of the role Han Solo could play. Maybe, just maybe, we’ll hear something about the cast soon.

Many suspect that Disney and Lucasfilm are waiting until this Sunday, May 4th—get it, May the Fourth be with you—to make an official announcement. A new report from Deadline says the cast and crew are slated to get together for the first time tomorrow for their inaugural read through of the script. Given that it will be hard for them all to gather in such a manner and not have some information leak out of Abrams’ “Mystery Box,” some speculate that we might finally have some concrete word on the cast. If this is in fact the case, we may hear something sooner than Sunday. You can bet that every scoop-hungry paparazzo in London is primed to get the first photos of the as-yet-unnamed cast.

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Are Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, And Mark Hamill In London For Star Wars: Episode VII?

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han luke leia star warsEvery day that passes means we’re all a little bit closer to next year’s release of J.J. Abrams’ highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII, and that in turn means we’re even closer to the production start date for the long-gestating next entry in the Star Wars saga. And if we can extrapolate once more, it means we’re that much closer to finding something out about the movie that isn’t just a rumor, specifically whether or not Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher are seriously going to appear in the trilogy or not. For now, though, we’re playing Giant Freakin’ Detective and connecting some fairly obvious clues.

Fortunately, Entertainment Weekly did some of the dirty work for us, which is good since my private detective license didn’t arrive in the mail yet. They’ve rounded up examples placing Ford, Hamill, and Fisher all in the city of London, the home of Pinewood Studios, where much of Episode VII‘s production will take place. Sure, it’s possible that three of the most recognizable actors on the face of the planet can all be in the same city as the film that they’re supposedly starring in without it meaning anything, as coincidences are as common as midi-chlorians. But I don’t think we’d be hearing about their mini-vacations in such a mysterious manner.

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Star Wars: Episode VII: Disney Head Talks Casting, Production, And Release Dates

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Star WarsBecause we can never hear enough news about J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, and because at times it feels like we’ll never know anything, it’s nice to finally have something pretty solid to report. Disney chairman Alan Horn recently ventured to London and dropped a few bits of news about shooting, casting, the budget, and potential future release dates.

It was Horn himself who, a few weeks ago, surprised the world by saying that the film has already started filming, and now, in an interview with Bloomberg, he offered up a few more details. Principal photography hasn’t started, which we all sort of figured, but the second unit has in fact been shooting in Abu Dhabi. We recently learned that the island nation-state will serve as the new stand-in for the traditional Skywalker home world of Tatooine—it was Tunisia in previous films. Horn also confirms that in addition to this location, the bulk of the shoot will take place at Pinewood Studios in London, England.

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Will Star Wars: Episode VII Explore The Expanded Universe?

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Star WarsWhen it comes to J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, all we have is an endless list of questions. We know when it will take place, that Chewbacca and R2-D2 will appear, and that it is reportedly already filming, but beyond that, we know next to nothing. In addition to the six feature length movies, there is a glut of material that forms the Expanded Universe of Star Wars, and many fans have speculated about how stories and characters from that world could influence or appear in the new movies—both the trilogy films, as well as the standalone features that have been announced. Over the weekend at WonderCon, the subject came up, and writer and producer Simon Kinberg gave us a slightly clearer view of what to expect, without actually revealing any specific information.