Michael Fassbender And More Eyed For STAR WARS EPISODE VII Roles; New Plot Details Revealed

Michael Fassbender, Hugo Weaving and Adam Driver are all being considered for a role in Star Wars Episode VII, and as well as details on who one of them could be playing, we also have news on which characters the movie will focus on and the introduction of Obi-Wan Kenobi's offspring...

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By Josh Wilding - 1/11/2014

We've waited months for some trustworthy Star Wars Episode VII news, and just 24 hours after it was revealed that Breaking Bad's Jesse Plemons is meeting with J.J. Abrams about a role in the new trilogy, The Hollywood Reporter has broken some huge news about the movie. Firstly, Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class), Adam Driver (Girls) and Hugo Weaving (Captain America: The First Avenger) are all being considered for roles, with two sources claiming that the latter is apparently being lined up to play an Imperial commander.

According to the site, the movie has changed considerably since Michael Arndt was taken off scriptwriting duties. Why? Well, "Arndt is said to have focused on the offspring of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), with the original trilogy heroes taking on supporting roles. Abrams, however, wanted Episode VII to focus on the classic trio of characters, so audiences could have one more chance to enjoy them before a fitting send-off. The new characters, the offspring, will now be in supporting roles, according to these sources, and take center stage in Episode VIII and IX. Some characters have disappeared from the Arndt script and new ones are being drafted."

As a result, the type of actors being sought after for the movie has drastically changed, with even those who auditioned now no longer needed. One of those is Mud's Tye Sheridan, but sources tell the site that such young actors are no longer needed. One role which was initially conceived as a 20-year old male is now being rewritten to be a 40-year old. In a final interesting twist, the site adds: "The latest bit to surface this week is that Abrams and Lucasfilm are now searching for a 20-something female actress who is either of mixed race or black. The rumor is that Obi-Wan Kenobi had a daughter or granddaughter."
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Reasonnnn - 1/11/2014, 6:23 PM
Fassbender is a Sith, Agent Smith is a Jedi who lost faith in the Jedi
Reasonnnn - 1/11/2014, 6:23 PM
I mean, Elrond.
Reasonnnn - 1/11/2014, 6:24 PM
Adam Driver is so [frick]ing talented. He deserves all the roles. Nightwing, Jedi/Sith, whatever he's awesome.
ATrueHero1987 - 1/11/2014, 6:34 PM
Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't Hugo Weaving say last year or the year before he didn't want to do anymore big blockbuster movies or something to that degree??
MrCBM56 - 1/11/2014, 6:35 PM
Hmmm , can't wait! Just please... Please don't base it off the EU. I just despise it so much. It made the Star Wars universe a lot more complicated than what it actually is.
DraculaX - 1/11/2014, 6:36 PM
Interesting.

Luke91 - 1/11/2014, 6:39 PM
If they land Fassbender in Star Wars I'm gonna go bananas, he's one hell of a talented actor!
Tuuralihn - 1/11/2014, 6:45 PM
Fassbender and Benedit Cumberbatch side by side as Siths would be the greatest thing ever.

I'm not sure about the originals being the carriers of Ep. 7. Hamill and Fisher hasn't really done anything substantial, other than voice work, in the recent decade or two. And acting has changed considerably since the late 70s/early 80s.

I think Arndts version would be better. Sure give the originals proper screentime, but have them be the Ben Kenobis of Ep.7 and possibly 8. But hand the baton over to the new cast.
TheFascinatingMan - 1/11/2014, 6:45 PM
No Cumberbatch?!?!?!?!?!? Frown Face :(
SuperCat - 1/11/2014, 6:51 PM
Official casting, please!
CaptainAmerica31 - 1/11/2014, 6:54 PM
Fassbender is Star Wars? That will make my life
GhostBoy - 1/11/2014, 6:55 PM
[frick] this shit. I don't want the movie to be about old people. This is one of the primary reasons that Indiana Jones 4 failed.

[frick] this shit! I hope this news isn't true. Move the [frick] on!

You know what, I am still going to suspend judgement, but my hopes and expectations have now been radically lowered.
Firgosaurus - 1/11/2014, 6:55 PM
This is gonna be RED in space.
Nick56 - 1/11/2014, 6:57 PM
I like that ep.7 will focus primarily on the original cast before shifting focus on the newer group in ep.8/9 but daughter or granddaughter of Kenobi? What!?!
ALmazing - 1/11/2014, 6:58 PM
We all are going to be there opening night no matter what they decide to do.
GhostBoy - 1/11/2014, 7:00 PM
Please, please, please, please, let Lawrence Kasdan be able to save this shipwreck.
starblazed - 1/11/2014, 7:04 PM
How come Chewie didn't get a Medal?
mattattack - 1/11/2014, 7:04 PM
If Fassbender and Cumberbatch are siths in this.. ill shit myself in excitement.
PunkRockJesus - 1/11/2014, 7:05 PM
give us that Bender. As much as I would give however many testicles required to see Cumberbach as a sith bad ass, he has been so overused in epic saga films recently... I dunno, he would just have to be much different from Khan and Smaug..
PunkRockJesus - 1/11/2014, 7:05 PM
@ starblazed too much bush
Jhuntdaprodigy - 1/11/2014, 7:06 PM
I really hope all this is true. Maybe Zoe Kravitz for Obi-Wan's interracial lovechild?
Thegeekygurl - 1/11/2014, 7:07 PM
Anything would be better than Abrams Star Trek casting.
dickmastaflex - 1/11/2014, 7:09 PM
@ atruehero1987 I think he said he was done with villain roles.
PunkRockJesus - 1/11/2014, 7:10 PM
And why would Wan's seed need to be interracial? did he somehow impregnate Mace Windu??
DarthOptimus - 1/11/2014, 7:19 PM
Please be true, Fassbender is one of my favorite actors.
MegaMatt - 1/11/2014, 7:19 PM
grif is shit. bring on the reboot
WruceBayne - 1/11/2014, 7:20 PM
Everybody is rumored to be attached to this movie. Betty White is rumored to be playing Sith Lord Nanna Longtits.
DatNerdyKid - 1/11/2014, 7:23 PM
I think, from the sounds of things, I would have preferred Arndt's script.
REPOMAN - 1/11/2014, 7:24 PM


Still be better than DOFP.


OldBenKenobi - 1/11/2014, 7:26 PM
If they do it like Red it could work. But I'm pretty sure everyone is already over the original trio being stars. Give some noobz a chance.

@Cassanova because I get around. A lot.
Superfriends1975 - 1/11/2014, 7:27 PM
I don't know what is worse Supes vs Bats or SW VII. Give us some official details. I'm getting tired of all of these rumors floating around.
Liverpool4life - 1/11/2014, 7:27 PM
I would still think that Luke has an important role that carries over into VIII and IX. VII shouldn't be a complete send-off.
OwenWilsonsNose - 1/11/2014, 7:36 PM
Hugo Weaving would be a pitch perfect Imperial Commander. I can totally see him one of those gray uniforms.
Indy - 1/11/2014, 7:39 PM
glad see original people are getting focus because I couldn't care lee about new people at all.
Indy - 1/11/2014, 7:48 PM
obi-Wan Kenobi had a daughter or granddaughter. what!! no lame.
airbeyonder18 - 1/11/2014, 7:50 PM
Obi-Wan's grandchild?

I have a bad feeling about this...
harley2011 - 1/11/2014, 7:51 PM
Adam Driver, Hell no.
OwenWilsonsNose - 1/11/2014, 7:57 PM
It makes sense for Obi-Wan to have offspring. You know he snuck off to the Mos Isley Cantina and got him some Twi lek poon when he got bored of watching over Luke.
npamusic - 1/11/2014, 7:59 PM
dis gone b gewd.
Vaportrail - 1/11/2014, 8:00 PM
No. No. No.


Skywalker/Solo children, fine. Makes sense.


Obi-Wan's unheard of child? NO. RETCON. BAD.
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