If we're to believe the latest report, Liam McIntyre himself told a Rebel Force Radio correspondent at DragonCon in Atlanta last weekend that he went in and read directly from the script for a Jedi role, although no other character details were revealed.
This news is also interesting, considering this is the first time that we're hearing Michael Arndt's screenplay is completed. Usually, an actor will read sides taken from a previous film, or read scenes from a past sequel. Most actors never see the actual script when reading for a movie this huge until they're on the set, and usually they aren't allowed to talk about it. Which may indicate that this rumor isn't entirely factual.
We reported last week that Rachel Hurd-Wood has also reportedly read for the daughter role, and that Alex Pettyfer went out for a part rumored to be the son of Luke Skywalker. We also reported earlier this week that Benedict Cumberbatch may be in contention to portray a Sith Lord. Of course, none of this has been confirmed by LucasFilm as of yet.
Rebel Force Radio promises to have more about these latest casting rumors on their podcast tomorrow. To listen:
J.J. Abrams is directing from a screenplay by Michael Arndt, with production scheduled to begin in January 2014.
Star Wars: Episode VII comes to theaters December 18th, 2015 and stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong'o. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams.