Star Wars: Episode VII may not come out until Christmas of 2015 (maybe), and we may not have any real news to report, but that is certainly not going to stop anyone from speculating about every last aspect of the film and production. Casting rumors have already been flying fast and furious, from reports that the stars of the original trilogy will reprise their iconic roles, to hints that Ewan McGregor will don his Obi-Wan Kenobi robes again and Emperor Palpatine could return as a force ghost. The latest scuttlebutt around the Internet water cooler is that Rachel Hurd-Wood and Alex Pettyfer are up for parts in the next trilogy.
Latino-Review, who seems to be the leading authority on all things Episode VII, reports that Hurd-Wood, most known for her turns in 2003’s Peter Pan and 2009’s Solomon Kane, went in and read for a role. They take great pains to try to make you understand that this is just an audition, and, given the size and scale of this particular project, is probably the first of young actresses who will undergo a similar process. So don’t go proclaiming to all your little buddies that this is carved in stone fact, but it does give you an idea of style of actress Disney is looking at.
The part Hurd-Wood is up for is supposedly the daughter of Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher). This could lend some credence to the rumors that the plot of Episode VII revolves around Han and Leia’s twins Jaina and Jacen. That’s pure speculation at this point, but it could fit, considering news that the next film takes place 30 years after the conclusion of Return of the Jedi.
There are no specifics on what part Pettyfer is being considered for, but some speculate that he’s in the running to play Luke Skywalker’s son. You may remember that was a role that may or may not have been offered to Ryan Gosling, who turned it down. They definitely both fit the mold of sexy young blond men, and it is completely believable that either one has a little Skywalker in them.
Pettyfer seemed poised to be the next big thing a few years ago, but when movies like I Am Number Four and Beastly failed to manufacture a superstar, his career took a bit of a hit. But a strong turn as a male stripper in Magic Mike and a supporting role in The Butler have put him back on track. What do you think? Would you like to see Pettyfer as the latest in the Skywalker bloodline?
Of course, remember that all of this should be taken with a grain of salt, as this is nothing but unsubstantiated third-party speculation and wild conjecture at this point. What we do know about Star Wars: Episode VII is that J.J. Abrams is directing, Michael Arndt (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) is handling the script, John Williams will score the film, and that Daniel Mindel will film the sucker on real life 35-mm. Aside from that, we have a whole lot of hearsay. In theory it should begin filming soon, whatever that means, especially if they truly intend on hitting the targeted 2015 release date.
What do you guys think about these latest young, hot developments? Any of you totally stoked, totally bummed, completely indifferent, or are you already sick of the endless conjecture and very mention of Star Wars casting news makes you break out in invisible hives?