Casting for the Star Wars Episode 7 lead is picking up pace, with Breaking Bad and Downton Abbey actors reported as contenders for the role.
Director JJ Abrams and Disney have narrowed down their shortlist, believed by Variety to include Breaking Bad’s Jesse Plemons, Downton’s Ed Speleers, Attack the Block’s John Boyega and theatre actors Ray Fisher and Matthew James Thomas.
Little is known about the character involved, or the rest of the plot. The children of Leia and Han Solo were previously thought to be at the storyline’s centre, but are now said to be in supporting roles in a film that picks up from Return of the Jedi.
Upcoming 2014 movie sequels
Upcoming 2014 movie sequels
1/4 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
This sequel to 2011 Planet of the Apes reboot, Rise of the Planet of the Apes picks up on earlier plot threads ten years later. Genetically evolved apes led by Andy Serkis' Caesrar are threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. Both sides are on the brink of a war to determine who will emerge as the Earth's dominant species. Due in cinemas on 11 July.
2/4 Transformers 4: Age of Extinction
The follow-up to Transformers: Dark of the Moon opens with humanity attempting to recover from the events of the last film. Cue yet more epic battles and dramatic adventures. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Pelta and Brenton Thwaites, Age of Extinction is released on 27 June.
3/4 The Expendables 3
Coming on 15 August is the third part of Sylvester Stallone's Expendables franchise. Barney Christmas, played by Jason Statham, will come face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks whose mission is to end The Expendables team.
4/4 Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones
The fifth instalment of the spooky franchise written by horror screenwriters Andrew Deutschman and Jason Pagan is due to hit cinemas in October 2014. After being ominously 'marked', Andrew Jacobs' Jesse is haunted and pursued by supernatural forces while his loved ones try to rescue him from their ghoulish clutches.
Adam Driver, who stars with Lena Dunham in US comedy Girls, looks set to play Star Wars Episode 7’s villain, with Benedict Cumberbatch, Zac Efron, Michael Fassbender and Gary Oldman among other actors linked to the sci-fi movie.
Cumberbatch played villain Khan in 2013's Star Trek Into Darkness and ended the film in cryogenic sleep, meaning his return could be possible. "That was a stupid thing to do," he told the New York Times. "They should have just blown me up!"
Other rumours include the return of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher in their former roles as Han, Luke and Leia respectively, and even the possible appearance of Pussy Riot members Maria Alyoshina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova.
Disney has not issued any comment on the casting speculation.
Shooting for Star Wars Episode 7 is due to begin in London’s Pinewood Studios later this year, with a release date scheduled for 18 December 2015.Reuse content