When Disney gave their presentation at this year’s CinemaCon in Las Vegas, Nevada, some believed that the Mouse House would announce some exciting Star Wars: Episode VII news. We’re they going to announce who was going to star in the new movie, or announce its new story, or reveal some early test footage? The possibilities were endless. However, as it turned out, when the presentation was over, they hadn’t announced a single bit of news about Episode VII. It’s a good thing Dominic Monaghan can provide some new insight on the new entry in the Star Wars Saga.
According to Variety, the former Lost star revealed that he wants to appear in Episode VII. “Give me a lightsaber, I’ll do anything,” Monaghan told DweebCast. He also revealed that the new cast will be made up of mostly unknown actors, just like the original trilogy. “We’ve talked a few times about it,” he said about a possible role. “[Director J.J. Abrams] said, ‘we’re putting together a cast of unknowns. We want to follow the ’77 New Hope cast because obviously Harrison Ford wasn’t well known at that point, Mark Hamill wasn’t and Carrie Fisher wasn’t either.”
Monaghan continued to say that Abrams doesn’t want audiences distracted from the story by a bunch of celebrities and well-known actors. He said, “What he said was, ‘We don’t want to fall into that mistake of people going, ‘Oh, it’s that guy from that thing!’ and then you’re completely out of the Star Wars universe.’”
Monaghan maintained a good relationship with Abrams after the series run of Lost ended in 2010. Although he was not a regular cast member after season three, he did pop up on the from time-to-time in flashbacks and in the show’s infamous finale. Considering his roles in Lost and the Lord of the Rings trilogy, I can actually see Monaghan being in Star Wars: Episode VII. He’s the type of actor genre fans absolutely love.
As for Episode VII, there are only a few confirmed plot details. We know that the new movie will take place 30 years after Return of the Jedi, and that the film will start shooting this May at Pinewood Studios in London, England. Aside from that, all we have is are rumors and speculation, which suggest that Episode VII will focus on the next generation of characters, while also involving Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, and others from the original trilogy.
With only two months until Abrams and company begin production, we still know nothing for sure about the cast. Girls star Adam Driver is believed to be the central villain, while Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o met with Disney and Lucasfilm for about a potential role. A number of young actors, including Jesse Plemons, John Boyega, Ed Speleers, Matthew James Thomas, and Ray Fisher, are all said to be in the running for the film’s lead.
Star Wars: Episode VII hits theaters everywhere on December 18, 2015.