According to a story in The Hollywood Reporter, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, an unknown Oxford-educated actress without a single movie credit to her name, is up for a major part in Star Wars: Episode VII. If the report is correct, she would be the current front runner to land an as-yet undisclosed and probably major role, likely the same role about which director J.J. Abrams was recently talking to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o. There are rumors that this part is said to be a relative of some sort of Obi-Wan Kenobi’s, although as with almost all things involving Episode VII, it’s all just speculation at this point. J.J. Abrams and Disney are keeping their cards super-close to the chest when it comes to this movie, and that’s something of an understatement.
Filming is supposedly already underway in parts of Morocco, said to be the shooting location this time for Tatooine, although principal photography doesn’t begin till early May. You’d think that by now we’d have a confirmed cast list from Disney/Lucasfilm, but the only confirmed cast member is R2-D2, with the original cast heavily rumored but not confirmed. Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn recently said that casting for the film was almost complete, with many people guessing that May the 4th, the unofficial “Star Wars Day” as dubbed by the internet, is when the complete cast is going to be revealed, although again, that’s just a guess. One way or the other, we should know for sure in about a month’s time.