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Michael Fassbender, Hugo Weaving, and Adam Driver rumored for Star Wars: Episode VII

01.13.2014

It seems like every big name actor and rising star has been rumored for a part in STAR WARS: EPISODE VII. We learned last week Breaking Bad's Jesse Plemons is being considered for the lead, and now three more names have surfaced for roles in J.J. Abrams' film. A source for THR has told the site that Michael Fassbender, Hugo Weaving, and Adam Driver are all up for parts in STAR WARS: EPISODE VII. No word on who Michael Fassbender and Adam Driver might be playing, but according to a couple of sources, Hugo Weaving had a meeting about playing an Imperial commander in STAR WARS: EPISODE VII. THR's source also confirms Jesse Plemons will meet with Abrams this week about the new film. However, the source says Plemons, Fassbender, Weaving, and Driver are only a few of the names on J.J. Abrams' list of potential actors for STAR WARS: EPISODE VII.

THR's source also revealed how the script may have changed for STAR WARS: EPISODE VII. Screenwriter Michael Arndt left the project back in October, and at the time many thought it was because of the time frame. But the site's source believes his exit is because Arndt wanted the film to focus on the offspring of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia (with supporting roles for the original trilogy characters), and J.J. Abrams wanted the focus to be on the three classic STAR WARS characters. The offspring will now be supporting characters in EPISODE VII, but will have a bigger role in EPISODE VIII and IX.

What sort of impact does this have on all of the previous casting rumors for STAR WARS: EPISODE VII? THR says some characters have been removed from Michael Arndt's script, and new ones have been added. One example they give is MUD star Tyr Sheridan. At one point he was rumored for a part, but the source claims that now there is no need for an actor that young, and won't be in STAR WARS: EPISODE VII. The source also says one part that would have been originally for a 20-year old actor has now been rewritten for a 40-year old.

I wouldn't have a problem with any of these three (four, counting Jesse Plemons) in STAR WARS: EPISODE VII, and I hope having the focus be on the characters from the original trilogy before moving on to the new blood is a good idea. I'm not against it, or think it's a terrible idea, but I'm just a little worried about the next movie, and I really hope J.J. Abrams knows what he's doing with the franchise.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII is scheduled to hit theaters on December 18th, 2015.

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Extra Tidbit: Hugo Weaving being considered to play an Imperial commander might be the least surprising rumor yet for STAR WARS: EPISODE VII.
Source: THR

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12:24PM on 01/14/2014
All of these choices would be great for Episode 7. At first I wasn't digging Jesse Plemons, but the more I think about it he could be great as Luke Skywalker's son, he looks a lot like him! But I'm curious, the article says Abrams may have re-written the script to focus on the original three characters. But that Plemons is meeting for a role as the potential star of the film. So does this mean there's a chance Abrams will be recasting the original characters?
All of these choices would be great for Episode 7. At first I wasn't digging Jesse Plemons, but the more I think about it he could be great as Luke Skywalker's son, he looks a lot like him! But I'm curious, the article says Abrams may have re-written the script to focus on the original three characters. But that Plemons is meeting for a role as the potential star of the film. So does this mean there's a chance Abrams will be recasting the original characters?
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9:15AM on 01/14/2014
Fassbender always plays angst. I want see him to play a dashing swashbuckling hero at least once before he gets old. I feel Jean Dujardin would fit the Star Wars universe as well.
Fassbender always plays angst. I want see him to play a dashing swashbuckling hero at least once before he gets old. I feel Jean Dujardin would fit the Star Wars universe as well.
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6:33PM on 01/13/2014
Hopefully arndt comes back for episode 8. He's a great writer. I'm hoping the story focus's on the civil war like the original trilogy and doesn't bore me with sith and Jedi mythology. The force was best when it was mysterious, not when there's a ton of boring characters waving around light sabers.
Hopefully arndt comes back for episode 8. He's a great writer. I'm hoping the story focus's on the civil war like the original trilogy and doesn't bore me with sith and Jedi mythology. The force was best when it was mysterious, not when there's a ton of boring characters waving around light sabers.
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4:09PM on 01/13/2014
Here is a strange idea. Look at the emperor palpatine prior to his encounter with mace windu then look at hugo weaving in that picture. Notice anything odd? Could this new character possibly be the son of the emperor and thus heir to the throne. hmmm
Here is a strange idea. Look at the emperor palpatine prior to his encounter with mace windu then look at hugo weaving in that picture. Notice anything odd? Could this new character possibly be the son of the emperor and thus heir to the throne. hmmm
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6:24PM on 01/13/2014
Let's hope not.
Let's hope not.
2:16PM on 01/13/2014
Fassbender would be great casting although I wonder if scheduling would work because Assassins Creed also comes out in 2015. I thought Hugo Weaving said he was done with blockbusters? I don't know too much about Adam Driver.
Fassbender would be great casting although I wonder if scheduling would work because Assassins Creed also comes out in 2015. I thought Hugo Weaving said he was done with blockbusters? I don't know too much about Adam Driver.
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1:26PM on 01/13/2014
Weaving for Admiral Thrawn (or whatever main baddie they make up) Which books are they going to follow? Jedi Academy? Dark Empire?
Weaving for Admiral Thrawn (or whatever main baddie they make up) Which books are they going to follow? Jedi Academy? Dark Empire?
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12:52PM on 01/13/2014
I'd love for all of them to be in it. The script news kind of worries me though. Making a movie with Luke, Han and Leia center stage is great. I just wish they made that decision a year ago, rather than making these changes so late in the scripting process. I would hate for this to end up being rushed and sloppy. Still, JJ works well under pressure, and chances are that they will at least come up with something better than the prequels. so I remain cautiously optimistic for now.
I'd love for all of them to be in it. The script news kind of worries me though. Making a movie with Luke, Han and Leia center stage is great. I just wish they made that decision a year ago, rather than making these changes so late in the scripting process. I would hate for this to end up being rushed and sloppy. Still, JJ works well under pressure, and chances are that they will at least come up with something better than the prequels. so I remain cautiously optimistic for now.
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12:50PM on 01/13/2014
How has nobody actually been cast yet!? This is taking forever!
How has nobody actually been cast yet!? This is taking forever!
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12:47PM on 01/13/2014
If they are focusing on the characters from the original trilogy they best get Ford, Fisher, and Hammil back!
If they are focusing on the characters from the original trilogy they best get Ford, Fisher, and Hammil back!
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12:45PM on 01/13/2014
Weaving and Fassbender should both be sith! Or weaving for sure and fassbender a jedi!
Weaving and Fassbender should both be sith! Or weaving for sure and fassbender a jedi!
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12:24PM on 01/13/2014
Fassbender and Weaving sure, but Adam Driver seems really out of place....
Fassbender and Weaving sure, but Adam Driver seems really out of place....
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12:11PM on 01/13/2014
That chap on the right should play Ponda Baba's kid.
That chap on the right should play Ponda Baba's kid.
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12:03PM on 01/13/2014
"Imperial Commander" Looks like they're going with an Admiral Thrawn route with fractions of Imperial forces roaming the galaxy.
"Imperial Commander" Looks like they're going with an Admiral Thrawn route with fractions of Imperial forces roaming the galaxy.
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11:13AM on 01/13/2014
I would be fine with all three of these actors getting roles in this new film....especially Fassbender. The guy just owns in every film that he is in.
I would be fine with all three of these actors getting roles in this new film....especially Fassbender. The guy just owns in every film that he is in.
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10:58AM on 01/13/2014
Please let it be Michael Fassbender.
Please let it be Michael Fassbender.
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10:53AM on 01/13/2014
Not huge on J.J., but casting Fassbender, fuck yeah. Although not as a villain, c'mon!
Not huge on J.J., but casting Fassbender, fuck yeah. Although not as a villain, c'mon!
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10:52AM on 01/13/2014

this is getting nuts...

Just make a cast announcement, Abrams. This is beyond maddening!. I can't take any more conjecture! Just give us something concrete already!!! I'm putting myself in carbonite until this thing is real...
Just make a cast announcement, Abrams. This is beyond maddening!. I can't take any more conjecture! Just give us something concrete already!!! I'm putting myself in carbonite until this thing is real...
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10:42AM on 01/13/2014
Weaving is probably up for the role Cumberbach was being considered for.
Weaving is probably up for the role Cumberbach was being considered for.
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10:18AM on 01/13/2014
I would love to see Hugo and Michael in a Star Wars film. Both of these actors has talent.
I would love to see Hugo and Michael in a Star Wars film. Both of these actors has talent.
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10:09AM on 01/13/2014
Weaving must work for the Empire as an Imperial Commander!
Weaving must work for the Empire as an Imperial Commander!
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10:00AM on 01/13/2014
No qualms with any of these three. Vong makes a great point about Weaving being a good Thrawn but I think Michael Fassbender might make an equally good Thrawn too. Adam Driver was really good in Inside Llewyn Davis so it would be interesting to see him as part of Star Wars. He's seems like he'd be great as the co-pilot or wingman, offering controlled doses of comic relief. Controlled doses.
No qualms with any of these three. Vong makes a great point about Weaving being a good Thrawn but I think Michael Fassbender might make an equally good Thrawn too. Adam Driver was really good in Inside Llewyn Davis so it would be interesting to see him as part of Star Wars. He's seems like he'd be great as the co-pilot or wingman, offering controlled doses of comic relief. Controlled doses.
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9:56AM on 01/13/2014

Weaving always delivers.

A+. Don't get the obsession with Fassbender. He's solid, but I don't get all the clamoring for him. Or the Idris Elba-James Bond thing. He is a terrific actor, though.
A+. Don't get the obsession with Fassbender. He's solid, but I don't get all the clamoring for him. Or the Idris Elba-James Bond thing. He is a terrific actor, though.
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9:47AM on 01/13/2014
Weaving would make a perfect Thrawn
Weaving would make a perfect Thrawn
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9:27AM on 01/13/2014
Weaving as an imperial commander would just be bad ass and please let Fassbender be in this cause he just makes any film better.
Weaving as an imperial commander would just be bad ass and please let Fassbender be in this cause he just makes any film better.
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