Saoirse Ronan Talks About Her ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Audition
Confirming earlier this week that she had auditioned for the upcoming ‘Star Wars: Episode VII,’ Saoirse Ronan has now opened up to Empire about the whole process. “Yeah, I did [audition for Star Wars Episode VII]… I don’t know whether I should have said that now! I mean, everyone did. Everyone has auditioned for it. So many people I know have gone in for the part I’ve gone in for, and guys who’ve gone in for a particular part, so I’d imagine J.J. is probably just scanning the earth to find the people that he needs.”
She continued, “But nobody has a clue what it’s about, and nobody’s read the script. So I’ve gone in and read for it, but I have to say, I think it’s the only time I’ve ever thought, ‘You know what? Even if I don’t get it, I had so much fun auditioning, pretending to take out a lightsaber – out of a bag, kind of inspect it and not know what it is. That was… that was great. A lightsaber! Star Wars!”
While no cast members have officially been announced for ‘Star Wars: Episode VII,’ over the past few months rumors have been pointing towards a number of characters from the original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy, Episodes IV, V and VI, returning (in an unknown capacity) for ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’; in particular Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher).
Kathleen Kennedy had reportedly been courting J.J. Abrams to direct ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ for a while. Abrams runs one of the movie and television industry’s top production companies, Bad Robot, and created or co-created television franchises like ‘Lost,’ ‘Fringe’ and ‘Alias.’ He has also directed the feature films ‘Mission: Impossible III,’ ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Super 8.’ Abrams latest project was ‘Star Trek Into Darkness,’ his second Star Trek film since he rebooted the franchise in 2009.
Earlier this year Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm announced that J.J. Abrams’ ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ will arrive in cinemas in 2015. Furthermore, they also added that every summer after 2015 they will offer a Star Wars film, alternating between standalone films and “Episode” films. The screenwriters working on the stand-alone Star Wars films are Simon Kinberg (Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Sherlock Holmes) and Lawrence Kasdan (screenwriter of The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark and the filmmaker behind The Big Chill.) The pair are also involved in the drafting of the new trilogy, with Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine, Toy Story 3) penning the first of the series, ‘Star Wars: Episode VII.’ Expect more Star Wars related news soon.
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