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John Boyega, Ed Speleers & More Join Jesse Plemons On List Of Actors For 'Star Wars: Episode 7'

by Kevin Jagernauth
March 12, 2014 4:17 PM
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John Boyega

Here's what we know so far: "Girls" star Adam Driver will be playing the villain in "Star Wars: Episode 7," while Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher are widely expected to return in one way or another. Any other details are on lock down for the moment, but a few more names have dripped out as possibilities for what Variety is calling "the right Jedi to challenge Driver and the evil empire."

According to the trade John Boyega ("Attack The Block"), Ed Speelers (aka Jimmy Kent from "Downton Abbey"), theatre dudes Matthew James Thomas and Ray Fisher, and the already-rumored "Breaking Bad" and "Friday Night Lights" star Jesse Plemons are in the mix to join the movie in an unspecified lead role. So what makes this round up of names different? Apparently, they "have moved to the top of the list in recent weeks" though the net is still wide open, with J.J. Abrams apparently looking for racially diverse cast.

Other than that, all one can do is fantasize about which one of these dudes looks better with a lightsaber. "Star Wars: Episode 7" arrives on December 18, 2015. 

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  • yogi | March 13, 2014 7:56 AMReply

    right lets get this straight, there looking for someone thats young, a dickhead in past movies and a non screen personallity , well im sorry but attack the block was boring and crap, with no one shining at least the muggers( thats always fun, being mugged) but hey they played a good part,( like shite) thats because every other film thev'e been in they play the same bloody part, get some unknowns , you dont need z-list people. but still up to you ., still think its going to suck, just like the last ones.

  • DAnco | March 15, 2014 11:08 AM

    :/ John Boyega in the new Biafra war film 'half of a yellow sun' with chiwetel ejifor . He is also playing Olympic legend Jesse Owens,. Oh wait there's more he is playing writer and poet bobby yay yay jones in the sundance hit 'Imperial Dreams' .....WAIT ....there IS more! He is. Playing titinus in new Shakespearean movie adaption of 'Ceaser' AND a 18th century sailor in bbc drama 'the whale' tell me another black uk actor from 21 - 25 that is making such amazing choices! Stars aren't born over night! So your point of him playing the same role is definitely VOID. He has brilliant presence and like all actors they need the right role to elevate them.

  • Amy | March 12, 2014 6:21 PMReply

    I'm trying not to get too excited about any of these rumors since it's hard to tell which ones are even true, but if John Boyega gets cast, I'd be so happy. He was amazing in Attack the Block, and I'm pretty sure that if he was white, he'd be famous by now. Mostly, though, I'm just glad to hear that they apparently do care about racial diversity.

  • bobby yayyay jones | March 17, 2014 7:18 PM

    John Boyega is going to be the go to guy, he is an amazing actor and person.
    Many respects to John Boyega.

  • thislalife | March 12, 2014 6:19 PMReply

    Boyega is the truth, bout time he got some gold off of Attack The Block which was the business.

  • Patricia | March 12, 2014 6:05 PMReply

    Ed Speelers for the next Skywalker lead.

  • daniel | March 12, 2014 5:56 PMReply

    John Boyega is excellent in Attack the Block. But this, and the casting of Inside Llewyn Davis's Adam Driver, are all casting-of-the-moment. These are the hot young crew, picked for the very fact that they are new. Maybe they will be good, but more then likely they will be crammed together and wasted like his cast of Star Trek talents. From a director's POV, casting is where you do half of the work; the people you pick are the people you trust can solve the challenges you are presenting, not just assembling a Vanity Faire cover.

  • rodie | March 12, 2014 5:06 PMReply

    Are any actresses on Abrams' list of finalists? This is all dudes.

  • elcamino | March 12, 2014 5:45 PM

    I'm thinking Stephanie Hunt. She was in How to live with your parents last year. It was a ABC/Disney tv series. She also played Devin in Friday Night Lights with Jesse Plemons. She is half latino(Puerto Rican)

  • Peter | March 12, 2014 4:31 PMReply

    Block block block block

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