Casting Announcements To Continue As Abrams, Kasdan Work On Star Wars Script
J.J Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan posted a special Star Wars Day video message from London yesterday and the pair revealed they are still working on the script for Star Wars: Episode VII. While this work is no doubt a mere refining of the story, Abrams did reveal that we can expect more casting announcements as they continue their work.
"So, as casting announcements continue and production ramps up, we would just like to wish you a very happy Star Wars day." remarked Abrams and Kasdan.
After last week's outrage at the limited number of female actors in the initial casting line-up, many are theorizing that among other things, an actor for a major female role is one of the announcements that Abrams is hinting at. Naturally, this set the Star Wars rumor mill spinning once more, with many - us included - suggesting this role could be that of a female Dark Jedi or Sith. Others are taking it one step further and naming that role as Asajj Ventress, the Dark Jedi, Nightsister, and one-time servant to Count Dooku. Rumored to be playing the role of the deadly Ventress is the new Hollywood darling, Lupita Nyong'o.
Ventress shot to prominence as a major antagonist in Star Wars: The Clone wars, and given her presence in that particular story arc she would have to be approaching 200 years old to emerge in Episodes VII-IX. But of course, when it comes to the Star Wars universe, age aint' nothing but a number. Yoda was knocking on 900 years old when he finally met his maker; human age just doesn't apply here. Add to that the fact that Disney and LucasFilm have ripped up the rule book with their declaration that the expanded universe isn't canon, and the possibility that Ventress could make an appearance is not to be ruled out.
Borrowing from this same idea are rumors that the female character will actually be Anakin Skywalker's padawan, Ahsoka Tano. While she may have been incredibly frustrating to watch at times, Snips was arguably the most beloved character to emerge from The Clone Wars animated show. Tano's appearance in the the new trilogy would, like Ventress's, make her far older than we are used to.
Certainly, Nyong'o has the svelte figure that would be required to play Ventress or Tano, but that's not to say these lines are anything but rumors and fan speculation. The fact remains that Abrams is going to do all he can to keep fans guessing for as long as possible, because, let's face it, when it comes to Hollywood, nothing is better for business than a good bit of intrigue.