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Star Wars Casting Rumor: Is singer Florence Welch being eyed for a starring role in Episode VII?

06.05.2013

The rumor mill for STAR WARS: EPISODE VII has been churning for a while now with no true confirmations. Even the return of Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher is still speculation without an official confirmation from Disney. We heard that Jonathan Rhys-Meyers may be in contention for a role and FRINGE's John Noble has openly lobbied J.J. Abrams for a part. Now comes a rumor about a potential actor that I don't think anyone saw coming.

British tabloid The Sun is reporting that Florence Welch, lead singer of the band Florence + The Machine, is being eyed for a "leading role" in the new STAR WARS trilogy. Welch has no acting experience aside from a part in the untitled musical film from Terrence Malick starring Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale. STAR WARS: EPISODE VII would potentially be her big screen debut.

Welch's striking red hair immediately made me think she would be a good fit to play Mara Jade, wife to Luke Skywalker and first introduced in Timothy Zahn's HEIR TO THE EMPIRE. While George Lucas has already said the new films are not based on any of the expanded universe novels, that does not mean he couldn't have incorporated characters from those spin-off novels and comics.

This is purely a rumor at this point, but an interesting one. Welch and Rhys-Meyers are both famous faces but also unknown enough to make this casting seem plausible. But, until we see an official press release, consider it as nothing but rumor.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII is slated for a 2015 release.

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11:52AM on 06/06/2013
Really have no opinion on any of the rumors.

But here's a BIG HELL YEAH to John Noble being cast in anything....
Really have no opinion on any of the rumors.

But here's a BIG HELL YEAH to John Noble being cast in anything....
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3:41AM on 06/06/2013

the sun is a joke

Im from the uk. The sun is essentially a gossip mag. I wouldnt post anything thats came from them, they are a joke of a paper.
Im from the uk. The sun is essentially a gossip mag. I wouldnt post anything thats came from them, they are a joke of a paper.
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3:14AM on 06/06/2013
Remember when The Sun told us that Miley Cyrus was going to play Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises? That turned out to be true, so there's no way they're making this up.
Remember when The Sun told us that Miley Cyrus was going to play Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises? That turned out to be true, so there's no way they're making this up.
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2:30AM on 06/06/2013
As long as she doesn't sing. No idea if she can act but her off-key caterwauling was a regular annoyance in the UK charts for a while a couple of years back.
As long as she doesn't sing. No idea if she can act but her off-key caterwauling was a regular annoyance in the UK charts for a while a couple of years back.
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12:21AM on 06/06/2013

Real Actors only thanks.

Re, title. I don't want rookies in this film to stuff it up, only real actors with screen credits thanks.
Re, title. I don't want rookies in this film to stuff it up, only real actors with screen credits thanks.
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8:26PM on 06/05/2013
I still like the idea of Rhys-Meyers playing Mr. Fantastic in the Fantastic Four reboot.
I still like the idea of Rhys-Meyers playing Mr. Fantastic in the Fantastic Four reboot.
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12:02AM on 06/06/2013
You've got to be kidding me? Rhys-Meyers as Mr. Fantastic sound like the worst idea ever. What a waste...
You've got to be kidding me? Rhys-Meyers as Mr. Fantastic sound like the worst idea ever. What a waste...
8:25PM on 06/05/2013
Untitled musical film starring Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale. When did this happen and why don't I know about this awesome sounding movie?
Untitled musical film starring Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale. When did this happen and why don't I know about this awesome sounding movie?
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6:46PM on 06/05/2013

Never trust The Sun

I'll wait for a remotely reputable source to report on this (that doesn't reference back to The Sun), one of the most ridiculous sources to take any form of "news" from.

If it were to turn out to be accurate, no... just no.
I'll wait for a remotely reputable source to report on this (that doesn't reference back to The Sun), one of the most ridiculous sources to take any form of "news" from.

If it were to turn out to be accurate, no... just no.
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6:30PM on 06/05/2013
Great singer but can she act & in such a high profile movie?
Great singer but can she act & in such a high profile movie?
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5:47PM on 06/05/2013
Why is George Lucas telling anyone about anything? Why the hell is he involved at all? They gave him his money so can he please fucking go away and stop ruining a once universally beloved franchise?

Lucas and his prequels don't exactly bring about the most positive connotations with hardcore SW fans. Why would you want neckbeard and his totally mediocre skill set involved with a universe you are trying to restore faith in? Any talent he may have had 40 years ago is long since gone.
Why is George Lucas telling anyone about anything? Why the hell is he involved at all? They gave him his money so can he please fucking go away and stop ruining a once universally beloved franchise?

Lucas and his prequels don't exactly bring about the most positive connotations with hardcore SW fans. Why would you want neckbeard and his totally mediocre skill set involved with a universe you are trying to restore faith in? Any talent he may have had 40 years ago is long since gone.
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6:24PM on 06/05/2013
Lucas gave them the story outlines for these movies. You should show some respect to the man who created this universe. He may not have made all the right moves with the prequels but he still created this world we all love and deserves praise for it.
Lucas gave them the story outlines for these movies. You should show some respect to the man who created this universe. He may not have made all the right moves with the prequels but he still created this world we all love and deserves praise for it.
8:41PM on 06/05/2013
Yea bitch!
Yea bitch!
9:52PM on 06/05/2013
I don't understand. If he sold the company because he had no intention of producing any more Star Wars films, why would he have multiple story outlines ready to go? And why would Disney have stated that his involvement would be minimal? And what would the outlines be for? Series or standalone films? I'm not sure this is correct.

And, also, fuck that shit. Lucas has gotten more than enough of my money over the years. He got 4 BILLION dollars from Disney. He has been paid way more than his
I don't understand. If he sold the company because he had no intention of producing any more Star Wars films, why would he have multiple story outlines ready to go? And why would Disney have stated that his involvement would be minimal? And what would the outlines be for? Series or standalone films? I'm not sure this is correct.

And, also, fuck that shit. Lucas has gotten more than enough of my money over the years. He got 4 BILLION dollars from Disney. He has been paid way more than his fair share of respect. He deserves credit for the Star Wars universe I suppose, but there is a LOT of it that is derivative of or outright lifted from other films. He bled every dollar possible out of Star Wars and its fans. He has also basically destroyed the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises with his total mediocrity in the last decade. I believe he spent his life producing (or not producing as it were) Star Wars material because he had nothing else to offer.

SW fans made him a very, very, very rich man. Good for him. But no one owes him anything more. He has done nothing but hurt every project he has been involved with for a very long time. He may have come up in the 70's with Spielberg and Scorsese, but mentioning him in the same breath with them is laughable.

These are only my opinions, but personally I hope he stays the hell away from all future Star Wars projects.
5:33PM on 06/05/2013
JJ always does some weird casting. Winona Ryder as Spock's mother was especially jarring.
JJ always does some weird casting. Winona Ryder as Spock's mother was especially jarring.
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5:10PM on 06/05/2013
In JJ we trust.
In JJ we trust.
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