According to Variety, Brit actor John Boyega (Attack the Block, Imperial Dreams) is one of five actors who is currently being considered for the lead role of a Jedi apprentice, in J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, for Disney and Lucasfilm.
While the article does state that the search for a lead is still going on, Boyega, along with Ed Speleers (Downton Abbey), Jesse Plemons, Matthew James Thomas, and Ray Fisher have “moved to the top of the list."
In Boyega’s favor is the fact that, according to the article, director Abrams has been quoted as saying that he “wants to have a diversified cast” for the film.
However, Disney and Lucasfilm execs and creatives will also have their significant say as to whether the lead will be played by “someone of a different ethnicity from the previous Caucasian leads.”
Shooting is expected to start sometime later this summer, for a previously scheduled Dec. 18, 2015 release.