The Star Wars: Episode VII casting rumor mill is spinning once again, with talk that two more actors have read for the upcoming sequel. Spartacus star Liam McIntyre has reportedly read for a Jedi role in the J.J. Abrams directed sci-fi epic, while Ksenia Solo (Black Swan) is said to be in contention for the role of Princess Leia and Han Solo's daughter.
If we're to believe the latest report, Liam McIntyre himself told a Rebel Force Radio correspondent at DragonCon in Atlanta last weekend that he went in and read directly from the script for a Jedi role, although no other character details were revealed.
This news is also interesting, considering this is the first time that we're hearing Michael Arndt's screenplay is completed. Usually, an actor will read sides taken from a previous film, or read scenes from a past sequel. Most actors never see the actual script when reading for a movie this huge until they're on the set, and usually they aren't allowed to talk about it. Which may indicate that this rumor isn't entirely factual.
Not much information has come to light in the case of Ksenia Solo. It isn't known if Solo is a top contender to play the daughter of Princess Leia and Han Solo, though it would be quite fitting if she landed the role, given her surname.
We reported last week that Rachel Hurd-Wood has also reportedly read for the daughter role, and that Alex Pettyfer went out for a part rumored to be the son of Luke Skywalker. We also reported earlier this week that Benedict Cumberbatch may be in contention to portray a Sith Lord. Of course, none of this has been confirmed by LucasFilm as of yet.
J.J. Abrams is directing from a screenplay by Michael Arndt, with production scheduled to begin in January 2014.