By Charlie Schmidlin | The Playlist April 10, 2014 at 9:00AM
Just this week we learned from Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn that “Star Wars: Episode VII” has already begun filming and that casting is nearly complete, which means the search for the locked cast has only intensified. Aside from Adam Driver as the closest to a confirmed new role, a torrent of contenders including John Boyega, Ed Speelers, Matthew James Thomas, Ray Fisher, and Jesse Plemons have lingered still—so why not add a new potential frontrunner to the crowd?
THR reports J.J. Abrams and the “Star Wars” producing team have set about fulfilling their promise of fresh faces in the new franchise entry, as Oxford-educated newcomer Maisie Richardson-Sellers is rumored for an undisclosed supporting role. Caution is of course required—the outlet claims talk denying Sellers’ involvement is just as prevalent so far. If true though, the stage actress (“For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide”, “Mephisto”) could be playing a “young black or mixed-race woman who may be a descendent of Jedi Knight Ben Kenobi”.
We’ll see if Sellers shows up as “Episode VII” starts shooting in May, but you can catch a brief glimpse of her beforehand in the short film “Music Wherever She Goes” below. Also, for an extra throwback treat, check out a talk show clip of Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill talking about “The Empire Strikes Back” (via Reddit) on "The Today Show" in 1980, and how firmly the prequels and sequels were set in stone even then.