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Are David Oyelowo & Michael B. Jordan In Consideration For 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Roles?

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by Tambay A. Obenson
September 20, 2013 12:47 PM
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From the rumor-mill, courtesy of our friends at Latino Review, who've broken many-a-story in the past. Although, no official confirmation of any of this from the actors themselves, the studio, or the director. 


In short, Latino Review is reporting exclusively that David Oyelowo and Michael B. Jordan (2 black actors who are having very good years, starring in 2 of 2013's most-talked about films) have both met with director JJ Abrams regarding roles in the upcoming Star Wars franchise reboot, although the website doesn't say what those specific roles might be that Abrams is considering the 2 actors for.

You'll recall that it was last fall when Disney bought Lucasfilm for $4.1 billion and has announced its intent to make another trilogy (at least) of Star Wars films, with the first one (to be directed by JJ Abrams) set for release in 2015, and a new one every two to three years thereafter.

On top of that, Disney later revealed that, in addition to at least 3 more films, fans should expect stand-alone films, and TV series, separate from the official Star Wars films, that will be based on Star Wars characters.

Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed this piece of news during an interview with CNBC, earlier this year. He added that these spin-off films and TV series will be released between the releases of the already announced 3 (or more) new Stars Wars movies (VIIVIII and IX), and that Larry Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are already currently working on them.

Iger wouldn't say what characters will be spun-off into their own movies, however.

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Abrams opened up a bit about his intentions for the first film in the new trilogy, specifically speaking on the mood he's trying to bring back to the series. 

"I would say we are working really hard to make a movie that feels as emotional and authentic and exciting as possible... Whatever your favorite 'Star Wars' movie is, and how to compare it, is really sort of subjective."

He further added:

"It's been nice see that how important it is and to be reminded how important it is to so many people. We all know that [creator George Lucas'] dream has become almost a religion to some people... I remember reading a thing somewhere, someone wrote about just wanting [the new film] to feel real, to feel authentic. I remember I felt that way when I was 11 years old when I saw the first one. As much of a fairy tale as it was — it felt real. And to me, that is exactly right."

All well and good I suppose, but my question is, when exactly does Star Wars fatigue begin? Does it ever? Will it ever? At least 3 more Star Wars movies, plus individual movies based on characters from the Star Wars universe, plus individual TV series also based on characters from the Star Wars universe.

Yeezus! 

And with new this morning that Disney has officially ended its extremely profitable relationship with super producer Jerry Bruckheimer, I'd imagine that Disney's film release slate over the next 5 to 10 years, will comprise mostly of new Star Wars movies, movies based on characters from Marvel's vast library of content (Disney paid $4.2 billion to buy the comic book and film studio in 2009) and Pixar movies.

But the studio is clearly sitting on a goldmine with those 3 brand name acquisitions.

Star Wars: Episode VII is expected to open in 2015.

In the meantime, we'll wait and see if Oyelowo and Jordan do end up with roles in the film, and what exactly they are. Maybe one of them will be a young Lando Calrissian...

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  • Accidental Visitor | September 20, 2013 7:51 PMReply

    Don't buy either one as a young Lando. And I hate the idea of a "young Lando" or a "young Han Solo" anyway. This is like Trek reboot all over again. Just in a different galaxy far, far away.

  • Dankwa Brooks | September 20, 2013 3:03 PMReply

    I've been saying since they announced a "young Han Solo" movie that it HAS TO include a young Lando. Having said that, I think only MJB fits that bill. Maybe Oyelowo could be Lando's son or something. Or maybe Mace Windu's (Sam Jackson) son. Shrug.

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