As Saoirse Ronan confirmed her Star Wars: Episode VII audition this morning, its pretty safe to say that the other auditions we've heard about are true. And if we don't know much about the movie and its plot just yet, we do know that J.J. Abrams and his team are looking for a definite, specific type.
Early last month, Spartacus star Liam McIntyre was rumored to have tested for an unknown role, possibly a Jedi. Now, 300: Rise of an Empire and Strike Back star Sullivan Stapleton has reportedly read for the same role. And we'll forgive you if you think both actors are the same person.
Both men have similar body types and facial features, and they both have a background in sword and sandals fantasy filmmaking. Also, It seems clear that neither man can keep his mouth shut when it comes to Star Wars: Episode VII. Liam McIntyre's audition was revealed by the actor himself while visiting a fan convention, where he let it slip that he had read directly from the finished screenplay by Michael Arndt. Now comes word from Latino Review that Sullivan Stapleton also leaked news of his audition, talking with people outside of his own personal camp.
After the latest batch of auditions leaked out, J.J. Abrams and his team at Disney and LucasFilm clamped down on the production, beefing up security measures so that no further information could leak out. Because of these extreme measures in keeping the film's secrecy, Sullivan Stapleton has reportedly gotten himself into a lot of trouble, with Disney and LucasFilm reportedly irate at the actor. We have no word on whether or not this will affect his chances at landing a role.
Latino Review also learned this from their trusted source deep inside the Lucasfilm camp:
" Can't really say anything more, but don't believe reports that they're not filming in New Mexico, and this IMAX thing is out of context."
It's of course not clear how the 'IMAX thing' is out of context. /star-wars-episode-vii-may-be-partially-shot-in-imax/Last week, IMAX CEO Richard Gelfond revealed his company is currently in talks with director J.J. Abrams, and that Star Wars: Episode VII will likely be shot in the immersive 3D IMAX format (at least partially). Star Trek Into Darkness, J.J. Abrams last feature film before moving onto Star Wars, had specially selected scenes that were shot natively using the IMAX cameras, so its not a leap to assume the same will be true of his latest project. And reports that the film will be shot in New Mexico are being hushed to keep fans from intruding on the set. It probably won't work, as the hardcore spies are quite adept at sniffing these kinds of productions out.
What do you think about Sullivan Stapleton? Is he a hacky TV actor? Or the perfect choice for a new Jedi? Or...Who is he again?