Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Review: ‘Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation’ Starring Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner & More Review: ‘Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation’ Starring Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner & More Relativity Puts 'Jane Got A Gun' And More Up For Sale As They Fight Off Bankruptcy Relativity Puts 'Jane Got A Gun' And More Up For Sale As They Fight Off Bankruptcy Zack Snyder Says Batman Has A "Crisis Of Conscience" In 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice' Plus New Pics Zack Snyder Says Batman Has A "Crisis Of Conscience" In 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice' Plus New Pics Venice 2015 Line-Up: 'Equals' With Kristen Stewart, 'Beasts Of No Nation,' 'The Danish Girl,' More Venice 2015 Line-Up: 'Equals' With Kristen Stewart, 'Beasts Of No Nation,' 'The Danish Girl,' More Watch: 4-Minute Tribute To Lars von Trier's Masterful Film Work Watch: 4-Minute Tribute To Lars von Trier's Masterful Film Work New 'Deadpool' Images, Ryan Reynolds Distances Himself From 'X-Men: Origins' New 'Deadpool' Images, Ryan Reynolds Distances Himself From 'X-Men: Origins' TIFF Images: Emma Watson In 'Colonia,' Brie Larson In 'Room,' Charlie Kaufman's 'Anomalisa' And More TIFF Images: Emma Watson In 'Colonia,' Brie Larson In 'Room,' Charlie Kaufman's 'Anomalisa' And More Richard Linklater Frontrunner To Direct 'The Rosie Project' Starring Jennifer Lawrence Richard Linklater Frontrunner To Direct 'The Rosie Project' Starring Jennifer Lawrence Watch: Blu-Ray Trailer For 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' Plus 11 New Clips From The Film Watch: Blu-Ray Trailer For 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' Plus 11 New Clips From The Film The 10 Best And 5 Worst Tom Cruise Performances The 10 Best And 5 Worst Tom Cruise Performances Watch: New Trailer For 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Blu-ray Release Explores Who Killed The World Watch: New Trailer For 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Blu-ray Release Explores Who Killed The World Just For Laughs: 'The Big Lebowski' Live Read With Michael Fassbender & Jennifer Lawrence Just For Laughs: 'The Big Lebowski' Live Read With Michael Fassbender & Jennifer Lawrence Union Rep Says Safety Was A Concern On 'The Revenant' Shoot Union Rep Says Safety Was A Concern On 'The Revenant' Shoot All The Songs In 'Paper Towns' Including Bon Iver, Wilco, Vampire Weekend, Bob Dylan, And More All The Songs In 'Paper Towns' Including Bon Iver, Wilco, Vampire Weekend, Bob Dylan, And More "A Living Hell": 'The Revenant' Is Reportedly $35 Million Over Budget, A Producer Exited The Movie, And More "A Living Hell": 'The Revenant' Is Reportedly $35 Million Over Budget, A Producer Exited The Movie, And More The 20 Best Documentaries Of 2015 So Far The 20 Best Documentaries Of 2015 So Far The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far "It Was A Clusterfuck From Day One": 5 Things About Neill Blomkamp's Failed 'Halo' Movie "It Was A Clusterfuck From Day One": 5 Things About Neill Blomkamp's Failed 'Halo' Movie

Major Female Role And More Still To Be Cast In ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

The Playlist By Charlie Schmidlin | The Playlist April 30, 2014 at 9:23AM

With a single black and white photo, any other news items regretted their timing, and thirteen actors’ agents breathed a sigh of relief. Yes, the confirmed cast of “Star Wars: Episode VII” was announced yesterday to a positive reception, with much-discussed locks like Adam Driver joining welcome surprises like Max von Sydow. But now that the lineup has brought us a clearer image of J.J. Abrams’ new direction, it’s worth pointing out that there’s much more to come.
2
Star Wars: Episode VII Cast

With a single black and white photo, any other news items regretted their timing, and thirteen actors’ agents breathed a sigh of relief. Yes, the confirmed cast of “Star Wars: Episode VII” was announced yesterday to a positive reception, with much-discussed locks like Adam Driver joining welcome surprises like Max von Sydow. But now that the lineup has brought us a clearer image of J.J. Abrams’ new direction, it’s worth pointing out that there’s much more to come.

The official announcement certainly came as an early shock to fans, and as The Wrap reports, Disney and LucasFilm were feeling the same way in preparing to reveal the cast. The two companies hoped that May 4th—widely known as Star Wars Day—would premiere the casting news, after months of intense speculation flooded the web and trades. But with Abrams hosting the first table read of his and Lawrence Kasdan’s script this past Tuesday, the threat of an unofficial leak of names seemed too risky for the higher-ups, and they made the decision to unveil their chosen picks early.

However, alongside the largely optimistic reaction to Abrams’ lineup for “Episode VII” though, the absence of female cast members, outside of Carrie Fisher and newcomer Daisy Ridley, made itself immediately apparent. The dismal male-to-female ratio would be keeping in line with Lucas’ saga thus far, but one was still hoping for a better turnout in the hands of Abrams. A hopeful piece to the puzzle exists, though: just as the cast announcement arrived prematurely (and not long after final deals were inked), that means a great deal of the trilogy’s characters are yet to be disclosed.

At the very least Abrams and co. are looking to find an actress of mixed-race, heavily rumored to be British unknown Maisie Richardson-Sellers, for what is said to be a "major female role." Meanwhile, LucasFilm and Disney are likely arranging another surprise once May 4th finally hits, so look to receive a more officially prepared announcement in the coming days.

This article is related to: Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates