While we’ve been swamped with casting rumors for Star Wars Episode VII for a whole year now — from buzz about returning stars to assorted promises of emerging talents who have tested for roles — J.J. Abrams’ latest space opera is still without any actually confirmed actors, but it appears that may have (finally? maybe?) changed.
Over at AICN, Harry Knowles reports that Jack Reynor, soon to be seen in Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction, has already been cast in the film in an undisclosed role. Knowles reports that two different sources have confirmed the casting to him, though it’s certainly curious that neither of them tossed in a little thing like “name” or even “vague description” to help illuminate the apparent casting.
If you don’t know who Reynor is, that’s fully understandable – the Irish actor is just about ready to burst on to the scene with his role in Bay’s latest Transformers trilogy, though eagle-eyed cinephiles may recognize him from Lenny Abrahamson’s haunting What Richard Did and a small part in Delivery Man. He’s currently filming two smaller projects — Gerard Barrett’s Glassland, alongside Toni Collette, and Justin Kurzel’s take on Macbeth — which signals that Reynor is still interested in more think-y features with big star power (good for him). Yet, even without Star Wars buzz, Reynor’s role in Transformers looks like the kind that could catapult him into the big leagues or, at the very least, the action franchise big leagues.
Of course, there is no official word from the Star Wars camp about this casting rumor, but we’ll continue to monitor the situation. Even if this Reynor news proves to be false, perhaps it will help push Abrams and company into announcing, well, something about the heavily anticipated feature – after all, we can only speculate for so long before, oops!, it’s time for the actual film to come out. Come on, guys, give us something here.
Star Wars Episode VII will open on December 18, 2015.
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