Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Exclusive: Octavia Butler's 'Dawn' Being Developed for TV, Producer Talks Adaptation and Diversity Behind the Scenes Exclusive: Octavia Butler's 'Dawn' Being Developed for TV, Producer Talks Adaptation and Diversity Behind the Scenes Watch Preview of 'Being Mary Jane' Season 3. Premiere Date Set + Loretta Devine and Jill Scott Join Cast Watch Preview of 'Being Mary Jane' Season 3. Premiere Date Set + Loretta Devine and Jill Scott Join Cast Here's Idris Elba's Response to Commentary That He's "Too Street" to Play James Bond Here's Idris Elba's Response to Commentary That He's "Too Street" to Play James Bond Be Captivated By The First Trailer for 'Lamb' - Ethiopia's First-Ever Cannes "Official Selection" Be Captivated By The First Trailer for 'Lamb' - Ethiopia's First-Ever Cannes "Official Selection" Tina Mabry's 'Mississippi Damned' Is Now Streaming on Netflix, Courtesy of AFFRM + Array Tina Mabry's 'Mississippi Damned' Is Now Streaming on Netflix, Courtesy of AFFRM + Array Carl Franklin Is Casting an Actor for His Tupac Bio (No Marcc Rose from 'Straight Outta Compton'?) Carl Franklin Is Casting an Actor for His Tupac Bio (No Marcc Rose from 'Straight Outta Compton'?) 'Dope' Is Heading Back to Theaters for a Second Run (Awards Season Contention, Perhaps?) 'Dope' Is Heading Back to Theaters for a Second Run (Awards Season Contention, Perhaps?) BET Launches Original Series “THE BET LIFE OF…” - Will Look at Musical Careers of Beyonce, Chris Brown, Janet Jackson, Nicki Minaj & Trey Songz BET Launches Original Series “THE BET LIFE OF…” - Will Look at Musical Careers of Beyonce, Chris Brown, Janet Jackson, Nicki Minaj & Trey Songz Trailer for Season 2 of 'Z Nation' (Kellita Smith Is Fierce on the Show!) Trailer for Season 2 of 'Z Nation' (Kellita Smith Is Fierce on the Show!) Will Smith Puts on His "Nigerian Accent" in First Trailer for NFL Drama 'Concussion' Will Smith Puts on His "Nigerian Accent" in First Trailer for NFL Drama 'Concussion' This "Faith-Based" Drama Is Giving 'Straight Outta Compton' a Run for Its Money This Weekend... This "Faith-Based" Drama Is Giving 'Straight Outta Compton' a Run for Its Money This Weekend... BET and TV One Will Go Head-to-Head Tonight With Original Movies Airing at the Exact Same Time BET and TV One Will Go Head-to-Head Tonight With Original Movies Airing at the Exact Same Time Lee Daniels' Richard Pryor Biopic Is Officially Ready to Go (Mike Epps, Eddie Murphy, Oprah Winfrey, Kate Hudson) Lee Daniels' Richard Pryor Biopic Is Officially Ready to Go (Mike Epps, Eddie Murphy, Oprah Winfrey, Kate Hudson) Watch 5 Clips from Regina King's Feature Directorial Debut 'Let The Church Say Amen' Starring Naturi Naughton Watch 5 Clips from Regina King's Feature Directorial Debut 'Let The Church Say Amen' Starring Naturi Naughton Righting a Past Wrong? Academy to Present Spike Lee with Honorary Oscar Righting a Past Wrong? Academy to Present Spike Lee with Honorary Oscar Viola Davis Says She Will Star in a Film Adaptation of 'Fences' Directed by Denzel Washington Viola Davis Says She Will Star in a Film Adaptation of 'Fences' Directed by Denzel Washington Vin Diesel Says He's Returning for a 'xXx' Threequel - Filming to Start in December Vin Diesel Says He's Returning for a 'xXx' Threequel - Filming to Start in December Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Buzzfeed Investigates Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Buzzfeed Investigates Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie...

Rumor Mill - Chiwetel Ejiofor Eyeing 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Role?

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act November 4, 2013 at 6:08PM

Rumor-mill - Chiwetel Ejiofor Eyeing 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Role?
0
Chiwetel Ejiofor

From the rumor-mill, once again, courtesy of The Times UK. Although, no official confirmation of any of this from the actors themselves, the studio, or the director. 


Just over a month ago, the rumor was 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) had both met with director J.J. Abrams regarding roles in the upcoming Star Wars franchise reboot, although no word on what specific roles Abrams was/is considering the 2 actors for.

This month, the rumor is that another black actor having a very good year, starring in 1 of 2013's most-talked about films in 12 Years A Slave, is also being considered for a part in the J.J. Abrams-directed film - the first of at least 3 more Stars Wars movies (VIIVIII and IX).

In a Times UK profile of Abrams, the writer mentions that, on a trip to Abrams' office to meet with him for their interview, Chiwetel Ejiofor was sitting in the lobby of Abrams' office, there to meet with him as well. 

Naturally, that piece of news led to rumors that Ejiofor was there to meet Abrams to discuss joining the Star Trek cast.

Sure, I suppose that's one possibility; but there are others as well, and we'll just have to wait to find out which one it ends up being. Or maybe they're friends, and Chiwetel was meeting Abrams for lunch.


You'll recall that it was last fall when Disney bought Lucasfilm for $4.1 billion, announcing its intent to make another trilogy (at least) of Star Wars films, with the first one (to be directed by J.J. 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.

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).

We still don't know what characters will be spun-off into their own movies and TV shows, however. So it could very be that anyone of these meetings Abrams has had (with Oyelowo, Jordan and Ejiofor) could be for one of the spin-off films or TV series.

Maybe one of them will be a young Lando Calrissian, or Mace Windu.

With recent news 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.

Now we wait.

This article is related to: Chiwetel Ejiofor


Shadow & ActNewsletter