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‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Official Cast Announced. John Boyega Is In. No Lupita Nyong’o However…

'Star Wars: Episode VII' Official Cast Announced. John Boyega Is In. No Lupita Nyong'o However...

UPDATE: Apparently, despite today’s official cast reveal (see below), there’s still more to come. Specifically, as The Hollywood Reporter now reports, director J.J. Abrams still has to fill “another substantial role — and it’s a female part. No further details are known.”

This challenges my earlier assertion that Lupita Nyong’o and Maisie Richardson-Sellers have been left out in the cold. Specifically, from today’s post announcing the cast, Lupita did indeed meet with J.J. Abrams for a role in Star Wars: Episode VII, but it wasn’t revealed what role that was.

Also, there was a report that British actress Maisie Richardson-Sellers had been cast in what was said to be a “major role” in the film: “… that of a young black or mixed-race woman who may be a descendant of Jedi Knight Ben Kenobi.

The news was that an “extended casting search” took place in London earlier this month, for the part, and Maisie was Abrams’ pick.

Her name wasn’t listed in the official cast list announced earlier today (see below), however, leaving me to wonder whether she and Lupita were out of the picture, and the above role of a young black or mixed-race woman was either being reimagined, or cut out of the movie altogether.

The initial post follows below…

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After months of speculation (all the news of the many actors who’d been seen for various unknown roles in the upcoming franchise reboot), the official cast of Star Wars: Episode VII has been announced!

Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will all join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.

Director J.J. Abrams says, “We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again. We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud.”

The specific roles that each of the new cast additions have signed up to play have yet to be revealed, so stay tuned!

Of note, one key actor who was said to have been in the running for a role in the movie, but was obviously not cast, given today’s news, is Lupita Nyong’o

Recall, last month, when she shared publicly that she was being eyed for “a high-profile Hollywood studio project,” but didn’t give any further details on at the time (except to say that she’ll be “listening to her gut” before making any final decisions). It was later reported that she had indeed met with J.J. Abrams for a role in Star Wars: Episode VII. It could simply be that it wasn’t a role that she felt suited her; or she just wasn’t right for it. It happens…

Also, there was a report that British actress Maisie Richardson-Sellers had been cast in what was said to be a “major role” in the film: “… that of a young black or mixed-race woman who may be a descendant of Jedi Knight Ben Kenobi.

Her name isn’t listed in the official cast list above, so I’m confused. Or has Daisy Ridley (an actress I’m not at all familiar with, and whose background I couldn’t confirm online) been cast in the role instead?

The news was that an “extended casting search” took place in London earlier this month, for the part. 

Unless those earlier reports were all wrong!

When I learn more, I’ll share here.

Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer. 

The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015.

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