UNBROKEN Star Jack O’Connell Rumored for “Key Role” in STAR WARS: EPISODE VII

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The Star Wars: Episode VII casting rumor mill has been so quiet for a few weeks that I was almost starting to miss it.  Today, it’s fired back up with an exciting possibility.  The latest actor rumored for a role in the movie is Jack O’Connell.  O’Connell is mostly unknown to American audiences, but after seeing his work in Starred Up at TIFF, he’s definitely an actor to watch.  He’s magnetic, charismatic, and could be on the verge of a big breakthrough when he stars in Angelina Jolie‘s adaptation of the bestselling book, Unbroken, which opens next Christmas.

Hit the jump for more on how O’Connell might be headed to a galaxy far, far away.

According to Bleeding Cool, “two very dependable voices” say that O’Connell is up for a “key role”.  Perhaps it’s the role that was mentioned in the open casting call:

SEEKING: Young Man to Play 19 – 23 Years Old.  Must be handsome, smart, and Athletic.  MUST BE OVER 18

THOMAS – Has grown up without a father’s influence.  Without the model of being a man, he doesn’t have the strongest sense of himself, despite this he is smart, capable, and shows courage when it is needed.  He can appreciate the absurdities of life and understands you can’t take life too seriously.

Obviously, a role in the latest Star Wars movie will be huge for any rising star, and if it’s a good fit for O’Connell, I hope he gets the role.  He’ll next be seen in 300: Rise of an Empire, which opens in March.

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  • October_1985

    He kind of has a young Han Solo vibe, doesn’t he? Could he be up for Han and Leia son? At the same time, he weirdly look a little bit like Mark Hamill… who knows…

    • MEY

      I totally agree with you. He would be perfect for Luke’s son – I mean the physical appearance. And if you cover the hair in the photo, it is more apparent.

      • eternalozzie

        Jason Solo more than likely …

      • MEY

        Jason? Isn’t he called Jacen Solo?

      • eternalozzie

        And the internet d-bag of the day award goes to …. So glad you were here to correct my spelling … not sure if you noticed they are the same name … just with different spelling. It’s been a while since I read the Legacy Of The Force novels.

      • MEY

        It’s not a problem for me, just first thought: ‘Is there a member in the Solo family I haven’t heard about?’

        But this boy is huge. With his face he can play two characters at the same time. :)

        In the first picture he looks like a Solo, in the second picture like a young Skywalker.

        He is a shapeshifter…

    • James VDB

      He has a young Jabba the Hutt vibe

      • MEY

        The bigger, the better…

  • LL

    Saw him in Starred Up at TIFF as well and his performance knocked the socks right off of everyone. He has great on screen energy.

  • Daniel Ronczkowski

    Meh, they have to cast TONS and TONS of people for these movies, I am not too excited until some actual word comes out.

  • Dave

    BC also said everyone and their mom was up for Doctor Who. Now they are doing the same for Star Wars.

  • Hurtin

    Most interesting casting rumor yet. Jack is super talented and almost too edgy to be in these films… which would make his actual casting in it… awesome.

  • Hurtin

    Most interesting casting rumor yet. Jack is super talented and almost too edgy to be in these films… which would make his actual casting in it… awesome.

    • Ched Groundheggin

      same thing with ewan… and they absolutely wasted his talents

      • Hurtin

        That’s true. Would be curious to see how JJ handles it though. Hopefully we’ll all be pleasantly surprised. The fact that he’s even looking at someone like Jack is a nice surprise to me. The guy is a real life han solo.

      • Ched Groundheggin

        agreed -jj made hemsworth career from that one scene in star trek- and hemsworth is a joke – so hopefully the script will be good for this fella.

    • Ched Groundheggin

      same thing with ewan… and they absolutely wasted his talents

  • Nester W

    Why even post star wars news when all it is going to be is a FAILURE?! JJ abrams is doing this, SO FAIL!

  • cindy

    guy is butt ass ugly

    • Strong Enough

      lmaoo

  • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

    this guy will play Luke’s son.

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