These were not the actors J.J. Abrams was looking for.
In the year since Lucasfilm announced that the Star Trek and Super 8 filmmaker would be launching a new trilogy, we’ve been treated to a litany of casting rumors that would make R2-D2 squeal as his head spun around. Most proved to be utterly false.
Did every actor on the planet want a role? Yes. Did every actor talk to Lucasfilm about a role? No, but a lot did. Here are some of the also-rans.
Exclusive: Tudors Star In Talks To Join ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’: That would be Jonathan Rhys Meyers, who had a small role in J.J. Abrams’ Mission: Impossible III. But no Star Wars for him.
Michael B. Jordan says he auditioned for ‘Star Wars’: Nothing unusual about this. The Fruitvale Station star was red hot after that movie debuted at Sundance last year, and Abrams & Co. would have been crazy not to meet with him. But in his interview with The Associated Press, Jordan acknowledged that competition was fierce: “I mean, everybody’s going in on this project. They’re trying to figure out what they want.”
Unknown actress Maisie Richardson-Sellers has landed ‘major role’ in new ‘Star Wars’ film: Except, sadly, that didn’t happen. But at least she is now “known,” and hopefully some other lucky film will give her a shot.
Cumberbatch and Oldman pursued for the same ‘Star Wars’ role: And neither got the role, if indeed they ever really were up for a part. Or was that Cumberbatch and Fassbender?
Chiwetel Ejiofor Cast in ‘Episode VII’: Reported by Jedi News, triggering a slew of equally confident pickups.
Zac Efron Fuels ‘Star Wars VII’ Rumours: This was posted YESTERDAY!
Saoirse Ronan Says She Didn’t Get the ‘Star Wars’ Role She Auditioned For: Often the reason these casting decisions are kept so hush-hush is because the filmmakers don’t want the actors who didn’t get the part to feel publicly snubbed. Ronan said she regretted ever admitting that she wielded a pretend lightsaber in pursuit of a role.
‘Breaking Bad’ actor Jesse Plemons auditioning for ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’: The actor did meet with Abrams but debunked rumors he got the part on his own. We will need to get our “Creepy Todd” fix elsewhere.
Lupita Nyong’o ‘had talks’ for role in ‘Star Wars Episode VII’: The 12 Years a Slave Oscar-winner apparently met for a role, but has lately been linked to a live-action remake of The Jungle Book instead.
While it’s unfortunate for any actor who missed out on a gig, or any writers who slammed their fists on the table insisting a rumor was true, now we know finally who is in and who is out.
For all who got it wrong, here’s the Star Wars theme performed by trombone: