There has been no shortage of news regarding the highly-anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII, although, at this point, nothing has been confirmed, except that J.J. Abrams is directing from a script he is rewriting alongside Lawrence Kasdan. Aside from this highly-anticipated sequel, and follow-ups Star Wars: Episode VIII and Star Wars: Episode IX, LucasFilm and Disney are also developing the Untitled Star Wars Boba Fett Spin-Off and Untitled Star Wars Han Solo Spin-Off, giving fans a new Star Wars movie every year from 2015 to 2019. Needless to say, Disney and LucasFilm wants to get everything perfect, to meet the exceedingly high expectations from the fans.
Today, we have news that Disney and LucasFilm are considering actors Michael Fassbender, Hugo Weaving and Adam Driver. While it isn't known what roles Michael Fassbender and Adam Driver are up for, Hugo Weaving is in contention to play an Imperial commander.
Inside sources also confirmed a report from last week that Breaking Bad star Jesse Plemons is meeting with J.J. Abrams to discuss an unidentified role, although it isn't known if an offer has been made to the actor as of yet, and he is just one of several actors who are meeting with the filmmaker.
The project has been changed significantly since J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan took over the writing duties back in October from Michael Arndt. At the time, it was revealed that the change was made to accommodate a shrinking time frame, but it seems that was not actually the case. Michael Arndt's departure was due to creative differences about which characters to emphasize.
The new story will focus on Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), with their characters' children playing supporting roles. Michael Arndt's script had the original trilogy heroes in supporting roles, with their offspring as the main characters, but J.J. Abrams wanted to give the fans one last chance to enjoy Luke, Han and Leia before giving them a fitting send-off. There are other characters from Michael Arndt's draft that are now being cut, with new roles being drafted. George Lucas himself was said to be involved in the debate, although he acquiesced to J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy, who now runs LucasFilm.
With the new script being drafted, several actors who were once in contention for the project are no longer involved. Tye Sheridan (Mud) met with J.J. Abrams for a part, but the overhauled story has no need for such younger actors. There is also a character who was conceived as a 20-year-old male, who is now being rewritten as a 40-year-old. The filmmaker is said to be casting a wide net to fill out the cast, continuing to meet with actors while he works on the script. One of the roles producers are searching to cast is a 20-year-old female who is either African-American or mixed race, who is rumored to be either Obi-Wan Kenobi's daughter or granddaughter.