Rumor: Rachel Hurd-Wood and Alex Pettyfer Have Read for Roles in STAR WARS: EPISODE VII

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For the love of the Force, just cast this movie already.  Our long, slow descent into Star Wars: Episode VII casting speculation has begun with the report that Rachel Hurd-Wood (Solomon Kane) has read for the role of Leia and Han’s daughter while Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four) has gone in for a meeting for an unknown role that could be “Skywalker’s son now that [Ryan] Gosling has declined,” according to Latino Review.

Hit the jump for more.  Star Wars: Episode VII is due out in 2015.

rachel-hurd-wood-1Latino Review stresses that other young actresses are also going in to read for the part of Leia and Han’s daughter, so Hurd-Wood doesn’t have the role yet.  Obviously, if they’re still bringing in actresses, no one has the role yet, but LR’s source says Hurd-Wood is the only actress who has read for the part so far.  How many other actresses will read for the role?  Who knows.  That’s how casting for a major motion picture tends to work.  If you’re going to commit to an actor who could possibly be in all three sequels, you’re going to be thorough.

Since I guess I’ll play along with the rumor mill Latino Review is basically running at this point, I would hate for Alex Pettyfer to get cast in this movie simply because I’ve had enough of Alex Pettyfer.  It’s like someone went out and said, “I want Orlando Bloom but really unlikable.”  Perhaps the thinking isn’t “Who could play Luke Skywalker’s son?” but “Who would play Anakin Skywalker’s grandson?”  And the answer is the actor who played a plantation owner that rapes a woman and kills a guy in the first five minutes of Lee Daniels’ The Butler.

Latino Review goes on to say that official announcements will start to come out around October, but there’s possibly some major casting news that could be released as soon as today, and it’s unrelated to Hurd-Wood/Pettyfer rumors.  Hat tip to LR if that turns out to be true.

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  • preux_Chevalier

    Alex P. is terrible, but this idea of a fucking despicable CHARACTER he played in The Butler being linked to casting suitability is ridiculous and idiotic. It’s called acting.

    • MEY

      I think Alex Pettyfer should appear in Star Wars. A dream would come true…

      Abrams is the only director at the moment who is able to save the Star Wars franchise and he needs actors like Pettyfer, Theo James, Matt Bomer, Godfrey Gao, etc. to create an attractive and clever new trilogy.

      • nath

        star wars does not need saving! It ended dumbass.

        jj abrahms will be the death of star wars and these horrible choices for characters.

      • mbmarquis69

        In a world where Jar Jar Binks is still strutting around on screen somewhere, this comment is irrelevant.

      • MEY

        But who is AbraHms? Are we talking about the same director?

        I have the feeling that you do not like me.

        Star Wars ended? Maybe you live in another dimension. Don’t you want to go home.

        Are paid for presenting your senseless hatred?

        Relax!

  • dennis

    ‘I’ve had enough of Alex Pettyfer. It’s like someone went out and said, “I want Orlando Bloom but really unlikable.” ‘

    He’s sorry him playing a character doesn’t make you hard for him, chill out we read this site even though all you get is hate comments so you can watch a movie where you don’t like a actor because he played a bad guy.

    Matt goldberg you negative nancy lighten up and get laid

  • Kevin

    Although I don’t always agree with what Matt says, I appreciate his brutal honesty.

    I don’t know who these actors are, but I’ll be surprised if they go with an unknown like them. There is nothing to base an opinion on yet regarding the new movies. I can guaran-damn-tee we will see a girl with a lightsaber though.

    • dede

      Brutal honesty aka a comment which he doesn’t actually mean but he just wants to seem controversial.

      • Kevin

        Eh, I’ve never seen anything that would lead me to believe he doesn’t mean what he writes, so I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt.

      • Kevin

        Eh, I’ve never seen anything that would lead me to believe he doesn’t mean what he writes, so I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt.

      • Kevin

        Eh, I’ve never seen anything that would lead me to believe he doesn’t mean what he writes, so I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt.

      • dede

        He’s a hacky film reviewer, he doesn’t look at them objectively. He wrote off trynosaur just because it was too dark, which means he didn’t like the english film because it was to honest for him. He knows the more negative shit he says the more views he gets on his articles.

        Also how can you be sick of an actor who has only been the lead for one film and the rest he is either a supporting actor or only in it for 5 minutes? Just him trying to rile some ‘controversey in the comment section. He’s on twitter telling people not to judge ben affleck just because of Daredevil but he writes this guy off for playing a character? He’s just a troll

      • JK1193

        I absolutely agree. And his comment about the Pettyfer-Butler thing, he’s made several low blows before, but this was by far the most disrespectful and despicable thing he has ever written. He’ll look back at this as an old man and be ashamed.

      • JK1193

        I absolutely agree. And his comment about the Pettyfer-Butler thing, he’s made several low blows before, but this was by far the most disrespectful and despicable thing he has ever written. He’ll look back at this as an old man and be ashamed.

      • JK1193

        I absolutely agree. And his comment about the Pettyfer-Butler thing, he’s made several low blows before, but this was by far the most disrespectful and despicable thing he has ever written. He’ll look back at this as an old man and be ashamed.

      • Strong Enough

        why don’t you blow him?

      • Strong Enough

        why don’t you blow him?

      • dede

        He’s a hacky film reviewer, he doesn’t look at them objectively. He wrote off trynosaur just because it was too dark, which means he didn’t like the english film because it was to honest for him. He knows the more negative shit he says the more views he gets on his articles.

        Also how can you be sick of an actor who has only been the lead for one film and the rest he is either a supporting actor or only in it for 5 minutes? Just him trying to rile some ‘controversey in the comment section. He’s on twitter telling people not to judge ben affleck just because of Daredevil but he writes this guy off for playing a character? He’s just a troll

      • Kevin

        Eh, I’ve never seen anything that would lead me to believe he doesn’t mean what he writes, so I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt.

    • http://www.brndbl.tumblr.com/ Ryan Donnell

      AP is not an unknown at this point. The girl would be a good grab for an “unkown.” However these movies aren’t all about unknowns. Alec Guinness was a large actor in his day. Prequels had their version with Liam Neeson. So this doesn’t mean the older actors have to be the established ones, they could take a younger, well known. (Note: Natalie Portman and Ewan McGregor weren’t big enough at the time of the prequels, so they were “unknowns”)

  • name

    You just know disney will fuck this up somehow

    • MEY

      Idiots rising…

  • Christopher Webster

    Meredith!!!

  • MoviesAreForever88

    I wish they would cast John Rhys Meyers already….the guy would be PERFECT for Star Wars and has already worked with J.J. Abrams in the past.

    • http://www.brndbl.tumblr.com/ Ryan Donnell

      He’d make a good bad guy.

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  • eternalozzie

    Matt does know that Alex was acting and not actually a rapist killer plantation owner, right?

    Without knowing what characters they are casting and a storyline I really can’t say yay or nay … but i guess i am going to anyways :) … I could see Alex playing Ben Skywalker in his 20′s … the Ben Skywalker we know so far is still a teen in the books. A lot of people have pinned Alex as a bad actor because of projects he has done … it’s not like there is even one Star Wars character with any depth in ANY of the movies anyways. It sucks that they are jumping so far ahead in the story line because it will be quite different from the books. They have to do it because the 1970′s cast is so old (they should have recast). People can gripe all they want … I am happy to see Star Wars in the hands of JJ.

  • eternalozzie

    Matt does know that Alex was acting and not actually a rapist killer plantation owner, right?

    Without knowing what characters they are casting and a storyline I really can’t say yay or nay … but i guess i am going to anyways :) … I could see Alex playing Ben Skywalker in his 20′s … the Ben Skywalker we know so far is still a teen in the books. A lot of people have pinned Alex as a bad actor because of projects he has done … it’s not like there is even one Star Wars character with any depth in ANY of the movies anyways. It sucks that they are jumping so far ahead in the story line because it will be quite different from the books. They have to do it because the 1970′s cast is so old (they should have recast). People can gripe all they want … I am happy to see Star Wars in the hands of JJ.

  • eternalozzie

    Matt does know that Alex was acting and not actually a rapist killer plantation owner, right?

    Without knowing what characters they are casting and a storyline I really can’t say yay or nay … but i guess i am going to anyways :) … I could see Alex playing Ben Skywalker in his 20′s … the Ben Skywalker we know so far is still a teen in the books. A lot of people have pinned Alex as a bad actor because of projects he has done … it’s not like there is even one Star Wars character with any depth in ANY of the movies anyways. It sucks that they are jumping so far ahead in the story line because it will be quite different from the books. They have to do it because the 1970′s cast is so old (they should have recast). People can gripe all they want … I am happy to see Star Wars in the hands of JJ.

  • Kpaqu1

    Idris Elba is the right casting choice. INB4 Jason Gordon-Levitt. INB4 Nathan Fillion.

  • Kpaqu1

    Idris Elba is the right casting choice. INB4 Jason Gordon-Levitt. INB4 Nathan Fillion.

    • Littertray

      You forgot Jon Hamm in yout INB$ list….

      • Kpaqu1

        How about Ben Affleck? He’s got the right look.

    • http://www.brndbl.tumblr.com/ Ryan Donnell

      I like Elba, maybe in makeup/costume. He is already in Thor (Disney property), so I could see them wanting him to be in makeup.

  • Kpaqu1

    Idris Elba is the right casting choice. INB4 Jason Gordon-Levitt. INB4 Nathan Fillion.

  • jack

    Latino Review…so taking this with the whole shaker of salt then

  • jack

    Latino Review…so taking this with the whole shaker of salt then

  • eli23

    JJ – If you can hear me now! Sebastian Stan should be the son of Luke!!!! Just watch that scene where he is falling out of the train on Captain American: The First Avenger. He MUST play the son of Luke!! He freakin’ looks like he could be Luke’s son! DO IT!!

    • 80sRobot

      I just Googled him and holy you are right. He does resemble Hamill.

    • 80sRobot

      I just Googled him and holy you are right. He does resemble Hamill.

  • eli23

    JJ – If you can hear me now! Sebastian Stan should be the son of Luke!!!! Just watch that scene where he is falling out of the train on Captain American: The First Avenger. He MUST play the son of Luke!! He freakin’ looks like he could be Luke’s son! DO IT!!

  • eli23

    JJ – If you can hear me now! Sebastian Stan should be the son of Luke!!!! Just watch that scene where he is falling out of the train on Captain American: The First Avenger. He MUST play the son of Luke!! He freakin’ looks like he could be Luke’s son! DO IT!!

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  • doctor_robot

    Dane DeHaan would be my choice for son of Luke.

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  • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

    Why do you keep reporting on Latino Review scoops? This stuff is anti-news which misinforms people and gets repeated.

  • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

    Why do you keep reporting on Latino Review scoops? This stuff is anti-news which misinforms people and gets repeated.

  • Pk

    The girlfriend beating douchebag from magic mike? Hell to the no!

    • JK1193

      Again, just a character, not the real guy.

      • Pk

        No I’m referring to a real event where he used to hit his then girlfriend Diana agron. Don’t know how this no talent arrogant douche keeps getting roles…

  • Seriously-Man

    I love that Collider reports Latino Reviews’ “scoops” and then criticizes them for being BS.

    • Seriously-Man

      (which they are BS btw)

  • rhizomeman

    I have no fucking idea who the guy on the right is – but he definitely looks like he could be Luke’s son.

    • MEY

      I agree with you. And Star Wars needs his face.

      He played in the sci-fi movies ‘In Time’ and ‘I Am Number Four’ as well – if this piece of info helps.

      But it’s only a jump: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1641117/

  • rhizomeman

    I have no fucking idea who the guy on the right is – but he definitely looks like he could be Luke’s son.

  • Strong Enough

    as long as Chole doesn’t get the role so i can see perv fanboys cry

  • protocl1717

    Girl is great choice boy is bad choice.

  • nath

    both abysmal choices for a abysmal movie to be by a hack, abysmal, dreck director!

  • darkwing duck

    Ughhh, no

    every damn news, rumor bit I see for star wars, the more I cringe.

    everything sounds terrible.

    jj was and is the stupidest thing to happen to star wars.

    the second stupidest thing to happen to star wars was disney.

  • darkwing duck

    Ughhh, no

    every damn news, rumor bit I see for star wars, the more I cringe.

    everything sounds terrible.

    jj was and is the stupidest thing to happen to star wars.

    the second stupidest thing to happen to star wars was disney!

  • darkwing duck

    Ughhh, no

    every damn news, rumor bit I see for star wars, the more I cringe.

    everything sounds terrible.

    jj was and is the stupidest thing to happen to star wars!

    the second stupidest thing to happen to star wars was disney!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • MEY

      And the third is you.

  • http://zoelogie.tumblr.com/ Baby Jean

    And yet another rumor. I’m going to have to go on digital detox if I want to survive 2014…

  • Pk

    Compared to her Chloe moretz and hailee stienfeld seems like a better choice

  • go away jj

    more turd news for a movie that has a turd director

    • MEY

      Inline idiots. That’s the new fashion.

  • that is all

    i ain’t looking forward to star wars anymore. Star Wars has 6 movies, that’s enough, this shit by disney is trying to make will be complete trite because jj abrahms is complete trite. He eats shit for breakfast and his movies come out like shit from his disgusting jewish ass!

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