Earlier today, Star Wars fans were given the news they've all been waiting for, when several cast members were confirmed for Star Wars: Episode VII, including returning franchise stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker, along with John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson and Max von Sydow. However, according to The Hollywood Reporter, director J.J. Abrams still has one more major female role left to fill.
No details were given regarding this mysterious female character, but as of now, Daisy Ridley, who is making her feature film debut, is the only new female member of this cast. It's possible that Daisy Ridley is playing the daughter of Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Han Solo ( (Harrison Ford). Though the daughter role might also be the one J.J. Abrams hasn't filled yet.
There have been a number of other actresses rumored to be in contention for this highly-anticipated project, including Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o, who was said last month to be up for a mixed-race descendant of Obi-Wan Kenobi or a Sith master. Newcomer Maisie Richardson-Sellers also emerged as a contender last month, possibly to play the role of Kenobi's great granddaughter. Of course, it isn't known if these roles even exist, since Disney and LucasFilm haven't revealed any character details at all, with this previous information coming from casting breakdowns and rumors.
In related news, /Film pointed out that today's big announcement did not include three major names thought to be included in the cast and crew, Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian), original Star Wars creator George Lucas and original Star Wars: Episode VII screenwriter Michael Arndt.
We first heard about Billy Dee Williams' involvement back in February 2013, when Mark Hamill hinted in an interview that "the whole gang is back" for this sequel, including Williams. Lando Calrissian played a major part in the original trilogy, and was one of the main leaders of the Rebellion at the end of Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. The 77-year-old actor is still working regularly, even voicing Lando in this year's blockbuster The Lego Movie, so it would be rather surprising if he didn't come back, although it's possible that he has a small role Disney and LucasFilm aren't ready to reveal yet.
Even though George Lucas sold off his entire LucasFilm empire to Disney back in October 2012, it was believed he would be consulting on the highly-anticipated project. There was a rumor that surfaced revealing George Lucas wanted Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher to have minor roles in the sequel, since he wanted the story to focus on their children, which director J.J. Abrams didn't agree with. However, we reported just last week that he is still consulting on Star Wars: Episode VII, so it is rather surprising that his name was left off the official announcement.
Michael Arndt first came on board to write the script for Star Wars: Episode VII, but he was replaced in October by J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan. His script was reportedly based on George Lucas's original outlines, which centered on the offpsring of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia. Of course, it isn't known how much of Michael Arndt's original screenplay remains in the story.