STAR WARS Rumor: Matt Smith, Jason Flemyng Up for Roles
The Star Wars rumors continue to spin around the upcoming seventh episode like space debris making up the rings on Geonosis. The latest scuttlebutt running about is that Matt Smith and Jason Flemyng are up for roles in Star Wars: Episode VII. A reliable source told Bleeding Cool that Matt Smith, who just finished his tenure as The Doctor, “went in” for a role. They’re not sure if that means he actually auditioned, had a screen test, or just popped in for a spot of tea with J.J. Abrams and George Lucas. If Smith manages to land a role on Episode VII, fans across the internet will have another franchise to add to their “Six Degrees (or less) from Dr. Who” game.
The next bit of rumor is Jason Flemyng (X-Men: First Class) leaking pictures of a red and black script online. It’s standard practice for a top secret script to be printed this way to prevent clear photocopy leaks, but it’s not entirely full-proof as you can see below. At least the picture had enough forethought to make itself blurry. Because cameras can do that themselves, right? I’m just not an incompetent point-and-shooter?
As ComicBook[dot]com indicates, Flemyng’s photo could match with the photo Bad Robot Productions (Abrams’ company) posted earlier this year of a mysterious red and black script with a glossy Bad Robot logo embossed on the cover. Mysterious! After posting the above picture, Flemyng quickly followed up, saying that he merely auditioned for a role. There’s no clear word, yet, on if he is in the running. However, how often does an actor really get to walk away with a partial script from the movie in question if there wasn’t serious consideration?
The last major casting rumor was Benedict Cumberbatch being up for a role, besides the original trio possibly in talks to make an appearance respectively. Keep in mind, Cumberbatch is already part of three fandoms (Star Trek, Sherlock, and The Hobbit), and he’s worked with Abrams before.
(If Cumberbatch lands a role, I will whole-heartedly embrace this…as long as it doesn’t interfere with Sherlock. I don’t know if I can take another hiatus like the one just had.)
Star Wars: Episode VII is scheduled to reach movie theaters on December 18, 2015.