fassbender studio Michael Fassbender, Adam Driver & Hugo Weaving Latest Names Linked To Star Wars: Episode VII

Closely following a report linking ‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘Friday Night Lights’ star Jesse Plemons to the film, Heat Vision now bring word that Michael Fassbender, ‘Girls’ star Adam Driver and Hugo Weaving are rumored for ‘Star Wars: Episode VII.’ To date the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael B. Jordan, Jack O’Connell, Alex Pettyfer, Saoirse Ronan and Sullivan Stapleton have also been linked to the film via various rumors.

According to the outlet, ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ has changed significantly since Oscar winner Michael Arndt departed as writer in the fall, with duties taken up by director J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan, who co-wrote ‘Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back’ and ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark. ‘ Multiple insiders tell the outlet that the reason for the parting of ways was not due to a timeframe issue, as has been reported, but rather due to a difference in opinion of which characters to emphasize.

Michael Arndt is said to have focused on the offspring of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), with the original trilogy heroes taking on supporting roles. J.J Abrams, however, reportedly wanted ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ to focus on the classic trio of characters, so audiences could have one more chance to enjoy them before a fitting send-off. The new characters, the offspring, will now be in supporting roles, according to these sources, and take center stage in ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ and ‘Star Wars: Episode IX.’ Some characters have disappeared from the Arndt script and new ones are being drafted. ‘Star Wars’ creator George Lucas, who directed the 1977 original and each of the most recent trilogy, was also involved in the debate, according to insiders. But Lucas, who sold his Lucasfilm to Disney in 2012, acquiesced to Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy, who now runs Lucasfilm.

Heat Vision add, “So with Abrams and Kasdan now overhauling the script, that means many of the actors who had met and auditioned have been nixed for various reasons. For example, one actor who met with Abrams in the fall before the overhaul was ‘Mud’ breakout star Tye Sheridan. But sources say that at this stage, there is no need for such young actors and thus Sheridan will not be involved. In another case, one part that was initially conceived as a 20-year old male is now being rewritten to be a 40-year old.”

“Abrams is, according to many sources, casting a wide, wide net and meeting with “everyone.” Even those who have copped to a meeting, such as Ronan, say that. Abrams has continued meeting with actors while the new script is taking shape. According to sources, he met with Fassbender in December. Girls star Driver is being eyed for a role.”

“While most names come with no identifying character, Hugo Weaving does. Weaving, according to two sources, met for a part to play an Imperial commander. The latest bit to surface this week is that Abrams and Lucasfilm are now searching for a 20-something female actress who is either of mixed race or black. The rumor is that Obi-Wan Kenobi had a daughter or granddaughter.”

John Williams is returning to score ‘Star Wars: Episode VII,’ which is expected to begin production early this year and will hit theaters on December 18th, 2015. ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ director J.J. 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.

Location scouting, production design, casting, and costume design are already underway on the film. A team of gifted artists are working to bring the latest installment of the “Star Wars” saga, including director of photography Dan Mindel (Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek), production designers Rick Carter (Lincoln, Avatar) and Darren Gilford (Oblivion, TRON: Legacy), costume designer Michael Kaplan (Star Trek Into Darkness, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol), special effects supervisor Chris Corbould (Skyfall, The Dark Knight Rises), sound designer Ben Burtt (Lincoln, Star Wars: Episodes I-VI), re-recording mixer Gary Rydstrom (Jurassic Park, Saving Private Ryan), supervising sound editor Matthew Wood (Star Trek Into Darkness, The Master) of Skywalker Sound, and visual effects supervisor Roger Guyett (Star Trek Into Darkness, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End) of Industrial Light & Magic.