While it is unclear if the Jedi apprentice role is a Solo/Skywalker offspring or if this will be outside of the Skywalker bloodline, but John Boyega leads the cast who could be in the running.
Attack The Block‘s John Boyega, Downton Abbey‘s Ed Speleers and theater performers Ray Fisher and Matthew James Thomas join the previously-rumored Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad) on Variety’s list of names for a lead role in J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII.
Coming on the heels of the all-but-confirmed news that Girls star Adam Driver is joining the sci-fi space opera as the film’s central villain, the Abrams’ written script will focus on a new generation of heroes and could include appearances by Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford in older incarnations of their beloved characters from the original Star Wars trilogy.
The film is due to start production in April at London’s Pinewood Studios, as Carrie Fisher is rumored to already be on set preparing to film her role.
Sources are also telling Variety that the delay in casting is because studio execs and Abrams want a more diverse cast, which is fitting giving the universe’s array of characters, and are looking for a lead who is not Caucasian.
Star Wars: Episode VII is expected to hit theaters on December 18, 2015.