Wait a Minute! STAR WARS is Not Done Casting Just Yet
Earlier today LucasFilm and Disney introduced to us a huge cast ensemble already set to usher us into a new era of Star Wars movies. This reveal, we found out, was actually supposed to be revealed during May 4, which is dubbed as “Star Wars Day.” Since that announcement, some bloggers immediately realized the noticeably unbalanced women to men ratio. They all have a point, but that subject will be left for another blog post. What we’re really here for is that casting might still be going on.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, 12 Years a Slave star Lupita Nyong’o reportedly met with J.J. Abrams for a part in Star Wars: Episode VII just before the Oscars:
Sources say that Nyong’o met with J.J. Abrams only a few weeks ago, just before the Academy Awards where she took home the statuette for best supporting actress for her work in 12 Years a Slave…. Now Nyong’o’s name has surfaced in connection to Star Wars. Because of the secrecy, it is unclear which role it could be. One possibility is that of a descendent of Obi-Wan Kenobi, which has been described as a non-Caucasian role.
Furthermore, Jeff Sneider from The Wrap writes,
Abrams likely has several other surprises up his sleeve, so fans who were outraged over the male-to-female ratio (six-to-one) amongst new cast members would do well to relax. Abrams is still looking to cast a major female role, which will likely be filled by an actress of mixed race.
So far we’re up to John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker set to star the new film. Could we see Academy Award Winner Lupita Nyong’o in the next official casting announcement?