Let’s start off the morning with a new Star Wars: Episode VII casting rumor, shall we?
How does the report that Hannah star Saoirse Ronan has had meetings and even read for a lead role in the upcoming trilogy grab you? Granted the report originates with Latino Review, but Bleeding Cool’s own source has given them a “silent nod” over the news, so there may be a grain or two of truth here. Bleeding Cool goes on to report that she was not just reading for a leading role, but the leading role, in the new trilogy.
Of course, meetings and readings are just early parts of the casting process, and there are undoubtedly a number of actresses that Lucasfilm are probably looking at for the role in question, so it is far too early to tell if Ronan will be the one onscreen when the film premiers in late 2015. But if she were, I think it would be a good pick. She has done some strong character work in the past and Hannah shows that she can handle action as well.
Undoubtedly, though, this will be seen by some that Lucasfilm will definitely be honoring the Expanded Universe of Star Wars comics and novels which included the children of Princess Leia and Han Solo. The fault in that logic is that just because they are casting younger males and females into lead roles it does not necessarily equate those roles being the Solo children. With even the filmmakers remaining cagey about whether or not the films would incorporate elements fromthe Expanded Universe or not.
With pre-production and set construction currently going on in England’s Pinewood studios, cameras should begin rolling on Episode VII fairly early in the new year. I would expect actual casting news sometime soon.