John Boyega In The Running For Jedi Apprentice Lead Role In ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

John Boyega In The Running For Jedi Apprentice Lead Role In 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

According to Variety, Brit actor John Boyega (Attack
the Block
, Imperial Dreams) is one of five actors who is currently being considered
for the lead role of a Jedi apprentice, in J.J.
upcoming Star Wars: Episode
, for Disney and Lucasfilm.

While the article
does state that the search for a lead is still going on, Boyega, along with Ed
Speleers (Downton Abbey), Jesse
, Matthew James Thomas, and Ray
have “moved to the top of the

Boyega’s favor is the fact that, according to the article, director Abrams has
been quoted as saying that he “wants to have a diversified cast” for
the film.

However, Disney
and Lucasfilm execs and creatives will also have their significant say as to whether the lead
will be played by “someone of a different ethnicity
from the previous Caucasian leads.

Shooting is
expected to start sometime later this summer, for a previously scheduled Dec. 18, 2015 release.

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It's been said that Jesse Plemons and Matthew Thomas are no longer in the running due to scheduling


Yay diversity is so cool, the movie will be great now, cause we have filled out our diversity checklist. Hollywood sickens me

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I'm happy for the brother, but at the same time, I don't give a f*ck. who gives a f*ck about Star Wars? It's such a dated franchise. Is that what diversity is for? hand-me-down products? I want brothers in that NEW SH*T. The cutting-edge big budget movies. We all know that isn't happening. But yeah, cast the diverse when your franchise is stale.


You should know that Ray Fisher is a black English actor as well. Thought it might be relevant to your article :-)


The kid's got mad presence! Fingers crossed…


Finally some star wars new to be happy about


would be one of the greatest things to happen to Star Wars since Lando Calrissian. the more color(s), the better the image.

& if anyone feels like a film's story spanning galaxies far, far away is ruined by Boyega or the addition of any other cast members from an ethnicity other than caucasian, take it bro.

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