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Major Star Wars: Episode VII casting news coming soon as two actors reportedly audition for roles

Aug. 28, 2013by: Alex Maidy

The only casting news that could possibly compete with the backlash over Ben Affleck becoming Batman would be the casting for STAR WARS: EPISODE VII. If J.J. Abrams and the Lucasfilm gang don't cast well, the Internet will create a rage tsunami of such force that it will be felt like the shockwave from when the Death Star destroyed Alderaan.

Latino Review has been posting several scoops about STAR WARS: EPISODE VII ranging from the return of Emperor Palpatine to the potential Christmas 2015 release date and are claiming we are on the verge of major casting news to come officially from the studio. While we wait for that, they also shared two actors who may have auditioned for roles in upcoming chapter of the STAR WARS saga.

For the role of Han Solo and Leia's daughter, PETER PAN actress Rachel Hurd-Wood has possibly read for the part. The 23-year-old Brit is the first to audition but may not be the last. Her biggest roles since PETER PAN have been in Tom Tywker's PERFUME: THE STORY OF A MURDERER, AN AMERICAN HAUNTING, and SOLOMON KANE. While it may not reflect in her filmography, I recall her fondly in PETER PAN as a strong Wendy and she would do well as the offspring of Han and Leia.

The other rumored audition is MAGIC MIKE alum Alex Pettyfer. Which role Pettyfer is going for is unknown to the source but Latino Review does theorize that it could be for the son of Luke Skywalker, the part earmarked for Ryan Gosling. Pettyfer is more of a pretty face than a talented actor. I wouldn't be opposed to him being in the film, but I am sure there are better candidates out there.

Whichever the case may be, if all is to be believed, we should know a lot more officially very soon. Production is still rumored to begin in January 2014 with the release still on track for sometime in 2015.

Source: Latino Review

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12:59PM on 08/29/2013

Yay!

I love news from Latino Review! They always hit it right on the nails head so to speak. I mean they never have been wrong right? Like a high percentage of things they say never coming to fruitation? Am I right?
I love news from Latino Review! They always hit it right on the nails head so to speak. I mean they never have been wrong right? Like a high percentage of things they say never coming to fruitation? Am I right?
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12:00PM on 08/29/2013

no big stars

I think this will go as the other Star Wars and LOTR movies have gone without any big stars. Its easier to relate to movies with EPIC vibes with actors you don't really know or know that well, it just makes it easier to digest instead of being distracted by you saying "hey look its ryan gosling playing a jedi"
I think this will go as the other Star Wars and LOTR movies have gone without any big stars. Its easier to relate to movies with EPIC vibes with actors you don't really know or know that well, it just makes it easier to digest instead of being distracted by you saying "hey look its ryan gosling playing a jedi"
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9:37AM on 08/29/2013
Not that there haven't been actors before him cast solely for their looks, but Alex Pettyfer has got to the worst of this generation. Granted, he could grow as an actor in time, but for now he's proven himself to be nothing but a black hole of acting talent. And he's a shit heel who picks on women, so fuck him.
Not that there haven't been actors before him cast solely for their looks, but Alex Pettyfer has got to the worst of this generation. Granted, he could grow as an actor in time, but for now he's proven himself to be nothing but a black hole of acting talent. And he's a shit heel who picks on women, so fuck him.
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9:27AM on 08/29/2013
Not a fan of Pettyfer. Hope it doesn't turn out with him in it.
Not a fan of Pettyfer. Hope it doesn't turn out with him in it.
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7:03AM on 08/29/2013
Acting was never Star Wars strongest suite, even though they had great actors like Sam Jackson, Nathalie Portman, Ewen Mcgregor, Liam Neesson, Harrison Ford, i have never seen a great and powerfull performance in Star Wars. And that's okay, Star Wars must win at telling a great story, plot, epic scope and being inventive allround...
Acting was never Star Wars strongest suite, even though they had great actors like Sam Jackson, Nathalie Portman, Ewen Mcgregor, Liam Neesson, Harrison Ford, i have never seen a great and powerfull performance in Star Wars. And that's okay, Star Wars must win at telling a great story, plot, epic scope and being inventive allround...
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1:29PM on 08/29/2013
Ian McDiarmid.
Ian McDiarmid.
6:02AM on 08/29/2013

The Force is with This One

Alex would be a great actor for Star Wars. His talent has been hiding in most of his roles so far because he's always playing someone new to whatever 'game' the movie is about. I think Alex would make a great Luke descendant.
Alex would be a great actor for Star Wars. His talent has been hiding in most of his roles so far because he's always playing someone new to whatever 'game' the movie is about. I think Alex would make a great Luke descendant.
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5:05AM on 08/29/2013
Rachel Hurd-Wood in a slave bikini sounds like a good idea to me. Gorgeous and talented actress.
Rachel Hurd-Wood in a slave bikini sounds like a good idea to me. Gorgeous and talented actress.
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2:41AM on 08/29/2013
I mean, sure, if you're actively TRYING to cast the worst possible candidate, by all means give Pettyfer a role.
I mean, sure, if you're actively TRYING to cast the worst possible candidate, by all means give Pettyfer a role.
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11:29PM on 08/28/2013
Isn't Alex Pettyfer the dude that stalked and beat up Dianna Agron?

Yeah, fuck that guy.
Isn't Alex Pettyfer the dude that stalked and beat up Dianna Agron?

Yeah, fuck that guy.
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6:10AM on 08/29/2013
Agron was upset about pre-dating racy photoshoot with Alex and women, while she had done the same type of photoshoot. The only altercation was Alex confronting Sebastian Stan about dating her, which he did after the split.
Since Alex there's been Sebastian, Henry Joost and Christian Cooke. Hmmm. No beating up anybody. Alex has
since been with Riley Keough and is engaged.
Agron was upset about pre-dating racy photoshoot with Alex and women, while she had done the same type of photoshoot. The only altercation was Alex confronting Sebastian Stan about dating her, which he did after the split.
Since Alex there's been Sebastian, Henry Joost and Christian Cooke. Hmmm. No beating up anybody. Alex has
since been with Riley Keough and is engaged.
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10:25PM on 08/28/2013
No Jacen and Jaina Solo? Sad panda....
No Jacen and Jaina Solo? Sad panda....
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8:46PM on 08/28/2013
Whoever they cast will probably be fresh faces that we will have to reserve judgement on. I'm more interested in which characters they will actually be playing.
Whoever they cast will probably be fresh faces that we will have to reserve judgement on. I'm more interested in which characters they will actually be playing.
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8:23PM on 08/28/2013
I could see Rachel Hurd-Wood as Jaina. Not a fan of Pettyfer, though.
I could see Rachel Hurd-Wood as Jaina. Not a fan of Pettyfer, though.
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8:08PM on 08/28/2013

Latino Review

I'm not opposed to these 2 trying out for these parts. I don't know enough of either to say whether or not they'd be any good for the parts, but I really trust that JJ , Lucasfilm & Disney will try to do justice to the franchise & bring it back to life. The problem I have is Latino Review. They haven't been too trustworthy as of late. Sure, they used to dish some really good, true scoops. Lately it seems like they'll say anything to get major hits & start all types of internet fires & rumor
I'm not opposed to these 2 trying out for these parts. I don't know enough of either to say whether or not they'd be any good for the parts, but I really trust that JJ , Lucasfilm & Disney will try to do justice to the franchise & bring it back to life. The problem I have is Latino Review. They haven't been too trustworthy as of late. Sure, they used to dish some really good, true scoops. Lately it seems like they'll say anything to get major hits & start all types of internet fires & rumor mills. So for now, until something official drops, I'll reserve my judgement & excitement.
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6:57PM on 08/28/2013

ummmm

Who would you pick for Mara Jade if Rene Russo is so bad? Mark Hamill is 60 something. She ain't gonna be a spring chicken. What about Luke Ford for Han and Leia's kid. He was made out to be a Harrison Ford type in Mummy 3. I think he would be good in this movie.
Who would you pick for Mara Jade if Rene Russo is so bad? Mark Hamill is 60 something. She ain't gonna be a spring chicken. What about Luke Ford for Han and Leia's kid. He was made out to be a Harrison Ford type in Mummy 3. I think he would be good in this movie.
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6:48PM on 08/28/2013
Sort of surprised about the backlash against Pettyfer. Granted, I have only seen him in Magic Mike, but I thought he was pretty good in that. Stay open minded, guys.
Sort of surprised about the backlash against Pettyfer. Granted, I have only seen him in Magic Mike, but I thought he was pretty good in that. Stay open minded, guys.
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7:26PM on 08/28/2013
I've heard he is extremely difficult to work with (stuck up). Pretty much everyone in Magic Mike hated him.
I've heard he is extremely difficult to work with (stuck up). Pretty much everyone in Magic Mike hated him.
6:30PM on 08/28/2013

It's Abrams...

... So I'm expecting Greg Grumberg and Simon Pegg to pop up I'm the cast list somewhere .

... So I'm expecting Greg Grumberg and Simon Pegg to pop up I'm the cast list somewhere .

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7:11PM on 08/28/2013
Grunberg, typo
Grunberg, typo
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6:26PM on 08/28/2013

Ageism

Han Solo and Princess Leia have a 23 year old daughter?!! There must be some confusion on the part of the source. They must have meant, granddaughter. Right? Right?!!!
I've got a really bad feeling about this.
Han Solo and Princess Leia have a 23 year old daughter?!! There must be some confusion on the part of the source. They must have meant, granddaughter. Right? Right?!!!
I've got a really bad feeling about this.
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12:04PM on 08/29/2013
well you want kids to see the movie right? I think casting a bunch of mid 40 year olds, who still have to listen to their mommy and daddies orders would be hard to swallow
well you want kids to see the movie right? I think casting a bunch of mid 40 year olds, who still have to listen to their mommy and daddies orders would be hard to swallow
6:22PM on 08/28/2013
I think that Ben Affleck could pull off either role.
I think that Ben Affleck could pull off either role.
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10:50PM on 08/28/2013
Priceless.
Priceless.
6:06PM on 08/28/2013

Rachel Hurd-Wood...

was great as Wendy.
But I'm preferring the idea of Elle Fanning (from Super 8). She has some acting chops!!
& Pettyfer's casting would fit perfect for a Skywalker. We all know they can't act, but that's become a staple of the Star Wars films now. Why change it??
anomaly7's comment is quality, though! Good show, Sir!
was great as Wendy.
But I'm preferring the idea of Elle Fanning (from Super 8). She has some acting chops!!
& Pettyfer's casting would fit perfect for a Skywalker. We all know they can't act, but that's become a staple of the Star Wars films now. Why change it??
anomaly7's comment is quality, though! Good show, Sir!
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7:35PM on 08/28/2013
Always glad to supply a couple of laughs. Fanning is a great actress, but seems a bit too young.
Always glad to supply a couple of laughs. Fanning is a great actress, but seems a bit too young.
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6:01PM on 08/28/2013

Ageism

Han Solo and Princess Leia have a 23 year old daughter?!! There must be some confusion on the part of the source. They must have meant, granddaughter. Right? Right?!!!
I've got a really bad feeling about this.
Han Solo and Princess Leia have a 23 year old daughter?!! There must be some confusion on the part of the source. They must have meant, granddaughter. Right? Right?!!!
I've got a really bad feeling about this.
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5:34PM on 08/28/2013
Pettyfer as the grandson of Christensen. "I sense your grand-father's acting ability in you."

As for the girl, I honestly thought that was a picture of Amy Adams.
Pettyfer as the grandson of Christensen. "I sense your grand-father's acting ability in you."

As for the girl, I honestly thought that was a picture of Amy Adams.
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5:51PM on 08/28/2013
That comment made me spit mouthwash all over the bathroom.
Well played.
That comment made me spit mouthwash all over the bathroom.
Well played.
8:14PM on 08/28/2013
So spot on. I lol'd.
So spot on. I lol'd.
5:27PM on 08/28/2013

umm

I don't know them but i'm sure JJ will cast good actors. Maybe he could get Rene Russo for Mara Jade.
I don't know them but i'm sure JJ will cast good actors. Maybe he could get Rene Russo for Mara Jade.
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5:22PM on 08/28/2013
That actress gives me Raging Hard-Wood. But seriously, this movie will be for teenagers - not the die hard older fans who grew up with the series. Same thing that JJ did to Star Trek.
That actress gives me Raging Hard-Wood. But seriously, this movie will be for teenagers - not the die hard older fans who grew up with the series. Same thing that JJ did to Star Trek.
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5:22PM on 08/28/2013

Wishful thinking...

Galen Marek survives and comes out of hiding. Maybe not Episode VII, but maybe one of the spinoff movies. Hell, just give me another Force Unleashed game!
Galen Marek survives and comes out of hiding. Maybe not Episode VII, but maybe one of the spinoff movies. Hell, just give me another Force Unleashed game!
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4:59PM on 08/28/2013
At least they're going for relatively unknown actors. I'm not convinced Luke will have a kid though. Han and Leia sure, but Jedi tend to frown on the whole falling in love and having kids thing. More likely Luke will be the celibate Obi Wan of the story, and Pettyfer is auditioning for some other role.
At least they're going for relatively unknown actors. I'm not convinced Luke will have a kid though. Han and Leia sure, but Jedi tend to frown on the whole falling in love and having kids thing. More likely Luke will be the celibate Obi Wan of the story, and Pettyfer is auditioning for some other role.
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5:14PM on 08/28/2013
Depends if they decide to accept the Expanded Universe Canon or not. I hope they do. You have a large group of people that have invested in those stories and a lot of care for the authors to do their best to keep the stories straight.
Depends if they decide to accept the Expanded Universe Canon or not. I hope they do. You have a large group of people that have invested in those stories and a lot of care for the authors to do their best to keep the stories straight.
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4:55PM on 08/28/2013
Pettyfer, really?

The one guy that is worse than Hayden Christensen. You have got to be kidding.
Pettyfer, really?

The one guy that is worse than Hayden Christensen. You have got to be kidding.
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4:54PM on 08/28/2013
Not bad, I can see her as Leia's daughter.
Not bad, I can see her as Leia's daughter.
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4:42PM on 08/28/2013
No way on pet my fur
No way on pet my fur
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5:18PM on 08/28/2013
lol
lol
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