Is Michael B. Jordan Playing Lando Calrissian’s Son in ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’?

‘The Butler’’s David Oyelowo also tests for an unknown role in J.J. Abrams upcoming space opera, arriving in theaters 2015.

Michael B. Jordan may be playing Lando Calrissian's son in Star Wars 7
Michael B. Jordan may be playing Lando Calrissian's son in Star Wars 7
So far, we know that Saoirse Ronan has tested for a role in Star Wars: Episode VII, and could possibly be a female villain. Insiders have confirmed Benedict Cumberbatch is a Sith Lord, though everyone at the studio, along with the actor's reps, have denied it. Others testing for a role include Spartacus star Liam McIntyre, who has read as a Jedi. And Ksenia Solo, playing, what else? Han Solo's daughter. Rachel Hurd-Wood has reportedly auditioned for the same part, with Alex Pettyfer presumably up for the role of Luke Skywalker's son. That's a lot of speculation and rumor, and we have to believe some of it is quite true. Though, no one has been cast just yet, as far as Disney and Lucasfilm are concerned.

That means other actors are continuing to read and test for roles in what might just be the movie of the century, or a gargantuan disappointment. Today, Latino Review brings us two more actors who have reportedly gone in and read from the script.

First up is Fruitvale Station's Michael B. Jordan, who is said to be a favorite of J.J. Abrams. The actor met personally with the director, but that is all that is known about his participation in the project. Michael B. Jordan is one of Hollywood's up and coming talents, and has been tied to the role of Johnny Storm in 20th Century Fox's reboot Fantastic Four.

It is not known whom he could be playing, but some speculate that if they are going the kid route, why can't he be the offspring of one Lando Calrissian? We know that Billy Dee Williams is one of the original cast members said to be turning, Han Solo's Son needs a friend, and his daughter needs a love interest. Could this be it?

While its not know if he is up for the same role, break out star David Oyelowo, last seen in this summer's Lee Daniels' the Butler, has also reportedly gone in and read. Again, no character details have been released at this time, and neither actor fits the that went out in June.

Do either of these actors excite you? Should Lando's kid be a part of the action?

Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes to theaters December 18th, 2015 and stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams.

Sources: Latino Review

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  1. CelluloidDreams

    Michael B. Jordan ...WHO!?!?!.

    2 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  2. Josh

    @ejk1 That said, I would not at all be surprised if there is a script and Abrams isn't letting the actors read it during the initial casting auditions for secrecy purposes. I mean, Hamill and Ford and Fisher have probably seen it, but I doubt Alex Pettyfer and Michael B Jordan have read the actual Star Wars VII script. Maybe one small scene, but no significant chunk of it. Abrams is pretty tight-lipped about all his projects; I can't see this being an exception, given how big of a title it is.

    2 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  3. ejk1

    @shuabert A few minutes after my last post, I went to the Abrams/C*mberbatch article, where it's mentioned that not all of the potential auditioners are "reading off of the script," or something to that affect, so maybe their is a full length script. I haven't really been paying much attention, so if I'm wrong, I stand corrected. With that said, your surprise echoes mine. If there is no script, then they shouldn't be casting.

    I just haven't heard about a completed script being handed in yet, but if anyone else has, feel free to direct me to the evidence.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  4. Josh

    @ejk1 You could be right. I'd just be surprised if they were casting all these characters and didn't have a script finished. This is Star Wars. Not World War Z. That quote about an "authentic and emotional tone" says more about the directing than the writing, to me.

    2 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  5. ejk1

    @shuabert I haven't heard anything about the script being finished, dude. He had a treatment finished about ten months ago, but that's not a script, just an outline. Abrams's own words in "planning an authentic and emotional tone" article seems to suggest they haven't finished the script, as well. In short, if they have, great and I stand corrected, but if not, I stand by my first statement.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  6. Josh


    @ejk1 Of course, they are probably still making changes to the script. That's really common. But it's been stated several times that the finished script has been handed in. Hell, there have even been photos of it posted online.

    2 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  7. CelluloidDreams

    Michael B. Jordan .......WHO!!?!?!

    2 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  8. ejk1

    @shuabert I've read at least two articles this week saying that Arndt is still writing the script.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  9. Josh

    @ejk1 Huh? They've had a script for over a year now. Michael Arndt's screenplay was written before Abrams even came on as director.

    2 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  10. Josh

    This would be awesome it it's true.

    2 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  11. Jacobo Cordoba

    this casting feels very stupid, aside from C*mberbatch everything else feels very lame, what is next Timberlake as Boba Fett...or perhaps selena gomez as a jedi Fu%$ sakes man star wars has died a little as of now.

    2 years agoby @Jacobo-CordobaFlag

  12. thedude-abides

    He's legit, no doubt about it. Love to see him get nominated this year for Fruitvale St.

    2 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  13. ejk1

    @littlerivers Funny.

    @test-0001 They aren't basing the films on the books, allegedly. They'll be original stories.

    They seem to be casting before they even have a story. Brilliant move. Because tailoring the cast to fit the screenplay would be too easy. Let's get actors first, and then see if they are right for the story. Yes! Good move, guys.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  14. littlerivers

    Such typical casting. First he did Space Jam, and now Star Wars? When is Hollywood going to learn.

    2 years agoby @littleriversFlag

  15. test-0001

    Ever notice that Movieweb is a re-poster of Latino-Review? I just saw that at the bottom of most of these casting rumors. What is the point of this website if it's just going to troll other websites and re-post their stuff? It's like any local newspaper re-printing the story of another newspaper from the day before.

    2 years agoby @test-0001Flag

  16. test-0001

    Lando Calrissian's son? Really, come on, in the books his son was born in 40 ABY, Jacen Solo/Darth Caedus died in 41 ABY (born 9 ABY) at the age of 32, effectively making Lando Calrissian Junior "Chance" only a year old....MBJ is clearly not going to be playing a 1 year old child.
    Why can't the writers writing these scripts read the books and actually have these characters played by actors of the appropriate age? Oh, and by the way, this guy Michael B. Jordan will most likely play the grandson of Jar Jar Binks.
    I really do hope they are adding in "The ONE Sith" or the "Lost Tribe of The Sith" so they can have a crap tonne of Sith running around to make these movies plausible.
    From the Lost Tribe of the Sith, I think Saorise Ronan is going to be Sith Apprentice Vestara Khai, and Benedict C*mberbatch as either Grand Lord Darish Vol, of the Lost Tribe of The Sith, or more likely as Lord Sarasu Taalon.
    But if they introduce the One Sith, then maybe C*mberbatch is going to play Darth Krayt.

    2 years agoby @test-0001Flag

  17. skywise

    Better get used to the rumors flying all over the place. We all knew it would be this way. No surprise here.

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  18. The Real Goku

    Too many rumors. Movieweb has a new Star Wars casting rumor every few days. Please stop with the gossiping. Stick to confirmed news

    2 years agoby @therealGokuFlag

  19. Sean

    Never heard of him before.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  20. David garcia

    Movieweb please stop making these unrealistic and false headlines, please, for the love of any deity, just shut up with the rumors. Jeez.

    2 years agoby @David-garcia-67788063Flag

  21. phatalphd

    sh*t, at least this is a more feasible role then Johnny yeah why not.

    2 years agoby @phatalphdFlag

  22. justatadmatt

    I'm so tired of this speculation. I don't think I've ever seen so much speculation for a movie without any concrete information. All we know is JJ is directing and Arndt is writing...we need some more details! These casting rumors are becoming annoying at this point.

    2 years agoby @justatadmattFlag

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