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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Star Wars News Update 7.3

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Well, it's been two months since my last Star Wars update (and any post for that matter).  The holidays hit and they hit hard like a Northeastern.  But now that reminiscences have melted away, it looks like the Mouseketeers have a teeny-weeny update for us regarding new names of auditioners like Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Chiwetel Ejiofor (all from '12 Years A Slave').
Also, "Breaking Bad" and "Friday Night Lights" star Jesse Plemons is in talks for the new Star Wars film.  

According to The Hollywood Reporter, a large amount of actors have tried out for the film and have met with director J.J. Abrams.  But that's not much of a surprise.

Back in October, "Lovely Bones" actress Saorise Ronan admitted "everyone" has been auditioning for a part in the sequel while trying out for the film herself.  She wouldn't name names, but thanks to THR we now know some of the actors.

Here are some of the A-Listers who have been meeting up with J.J. Abrams.  It's a very wide range of talent:

Adam Driver
Hugo Weaving
Michael B. Jordan
Jack O'Connell
Alex Pettyfer
Sullivan Stapleton

The change in ages regarding the auditioners could be a reflection of the major change that took place behind the scenes.  In the fall, Michael Arndt ("Toy Story 3," "Little Miss Sunshine") left as screenwriter on the project after a reported difference in opinion on where the story should go.  According to THR, Arndt wanted the story to follow Luke Skywalker, Leia and Han Solo's children while J.J. Abrams wants the focus to still be on the original trio before handing off future films to their kids.

Word is that Abrams is now looking for more older shoes to fill cast as opposed to a necessarily younger crop that was recorded earlier.

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