New ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Casting Details Revealed

A new character has been added to the re-written script, but how much do we actually know? Plus, director J.J. Abrams talks about working with Lawrence Kasdan.

Star Wars: Episode VII is seeking a 40-something military officer
Star Wars: Episode VII is seeking a 40-something military officer
While we await any official confirmation on Star Wars: Episode VII casting, a new report reveals producers are now seeking an actor in his 40s to play a military officer, a role which has been compared to Matt Damon's character in Elysium. This new character was added during the well-publicized rewrite of the screenplay by J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan.

It's possible that this is the role Jason Flemyng was reading for, after the 47-year-old British actor confirmed his audition for the sequel last week.

The production, which is holding casting sessions in the U.S., U.K. and Australia, is also seeking female actors between 17 and 18 years of age to play a "tough cookie" character named Stacy, and male actors between 19 and 23 to play the funny and charismatic Thomas. Its highly unlikely that these are the actual names of the new characters.

Here's what U.K. casting agent Kate Bone said about the search.

"We don't want to leave any stone unturned."

In related news, director J.J. Abrams also spoke about working with screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, who is helping the filmmaker rewrite the screenplay.

"Working with Larry has been one of the most surreal joys of my life. We've had a lot of fun working together. He's an incredible guy and an inspiring and spectacular writer."

The director also spoke about shooting in London, despite his best efforts to keep the production in Los Angeles.

"It's something that I've always intended to do. But I'm torn because I have done everything I can to keep the production of my projects in Los Angeles. Yet the opportunity to work with UK crews is something that has always been a dream of mine. Of course, that dream existed prior to me being married and having a family, so the reality of making a movie like that for any period of time becomes much more difficult when there are other people that you desperately love and care for involved."

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.

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  1. Sean

    @undeadslayer4 What do you mean about it being the same thing ?

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  2. undeadslayer4

    @themoviefanatic maybe its the same thing

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  3. Sean

    @undeadslayer4 Probably because he was sworn to secrecy about it being announced, before they eventually announce it themselves to the public, internet, etc.

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  4. undeadslayer4

    @themoviefanatic Benedict c*mberbatch got the part secretly and he even denied it

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  5. Sean

    @undeadslayer4 Well, I never really did follow the news and updates on that movie, so no I don't remember her secretly getting that part.

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  6. undeadslayer4

    @themoviefanatic remember when chloe got the part for carrie same thing

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  7. Sean

    @undeadslayer4 Are you sure they've gotten parts in the movie? It certainly doesn't seem like they did!

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  8. undeadslayer4

    @themoviefanatic no i meant maybe they secretly got the part

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  9. Sean

    @undeadslayer4 Really ? Then I wonder what the real reason is that they were taken out ?

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  10. JasonKat

    i was thinking the same thing, lol

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  11. Sean

    @undeadslayer4 I think they were taken out or opted out of the movie or something like that. I could be wrong though.

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  12. undeadslayer4

    @themoviefanatic wheres chloe and saiose ronan

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  13. LuxoIII

    "A new character has been added to the re-written script" Okay, how do you know it's been re-written? Why is it framed like that? All we know is that Arndt left and Kasdan and Abrams took over. For all we know, Arndt could have finished a draft and the new writing duo are adapting it to a shooting script. Re-writes happen in every movie ever made and the only reason this is being beaten into the ground is because it's Star Wars and it's the only solid news in a long time and I'm getting sick of it.

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  14. Sean

    Sounds interesting.

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  15. ObiWanShinobi

    You're getting paid millions of dollars, I'm sure you & your family will be fine.

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