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John Boyega In The Running For Jedi Apprentice Lead Role In 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

by Sergio
March 12, 2014 7:56 PM
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John Boyega

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.

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  • LolaChi | April 2, 2014 6:33 PMReply

    It's been said that Jesse Plemons and Matthew Thomas are no longer in the running due to scheduling

  • Snarf | March 14, 2014 1:20 AMReply

    Yay diversity is so cool, the movie will be great now, cause we have filled out our diversity checklist. Hollywood sickens me

  • Akhibrass | March 20, 2014 3:39 PM

    Yeah, because searching for a lead who isn't white will totally ruin the movie. Don't they know we can only have white heroes!

  • other song | March 13, 2014 4:06 AMReply

    I'm happy for the brother, but at the same time, I don't give a f*ck. who gives a f*ck about Star Wars? It's such a dated franchise. Is that what diversity is for? hand-me-down products? I want brothers in that NEW SH*T. The cutting-edge big budget movies. We all know that isn't happening. But yeah, cast the diverse when your franchise is stale.

  • turner | March 13, 2014 7:22 PM

    @Othersong-There's a whole new generation of kids who'd benefit from seeing him in this role. You don't have to watch it.

  • Hey Idiot | March 13, 2014 3:03 PM

    How is it stale when it still grosses billions world wide RIGHT NOW. Go back to your internet porn. You don't have a clue.

  • Lee | March 13, 2014 12:27 AMReply

    You should know that Ray Fisher is a black English actor as well. Thought it might be relevant to your article :-)

  • Dabco | March 16, 2014 5:44 AM

    No1 gives a shit about fisher lmao

  • Lauren | March 12, 2014 11:38 PMReply

    The kid's got mad presence! Fingers crossed...

  • NR | March 12, 2014 11:28 PMReply

    Finally some star wars new to be happy about

  • Akhibrass | March 20, 2014 3:51 PM

    Yep, seeing some non-whites getting a chance to play the lead in a legendary franchise makes us happy. Why so mad? Why shouldn't diversity make us happy? Why shouldn't we want to see people who look like us populate the Star Wars universe?

  • Really? | March 12, 2014 11:41 PM

    THIS gets you interested in Star Wars 7? It takes race quotas for you? Pathetic.

  • Boykin | March 12, 2014 9:04 PMReply

    would be one of the greatest things to happen to Star Wars since Lando Calrissian. the more color(s), the better the image.

    & if anyone feels like a film's story spanning galaxies far, far away is ruined by Boyega or the addition of any other cast members from an ethnicity other than caucasian, take it bro.

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