Saoirse Ronan Discusses the STAR WARS Audition Process; Says She Used a Lightsaber

     October 4, 2013


Development on Star Wars: Episode VII continues to move forward as the film barrels towards an early 2014 production start-date, and director J.J. Abrams understandably has his hands full.  The Star Wars franchise is a massive undertaking, so obviously Abrams wants to make sure that he has all of his pieces in the right place before filming begins.  He’s likely continuing to work on the script with screenwriter Michael Arndt, but he’s also working hard to assemble his cast.

Saoirse Ronan recently confirmed that she auditioned for a role in Episode VII, and now the actress has spoken a bit more about the audition process, noting that she never saw a script but she did get to use a lightsaber.  Hit the jump for more.

star-wars-jaina-solo-jacen-solo-darth-caedusSpeaking with Empire, Ronan talked a bit about the audition process for Star Wars, making it clear that she’s just one of many, many women who have been auditioning for the same female role:

“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.”

This is to be expected, and I do not envy Abrams in the least when it comes to the amount of pressure he’s under.  Episode VII is intended to kick off a whole new trilogy of films, so the actors that sign on will presumably be sticking around for some time.

Ronan went on to talk specifically about the audition, revealing that she was asked to use a lightsaber:

“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!”

Again, not unexpected, but that’s pretty cool.  The audition processes for Christopher Nolan’s Batman and Zack Snyder’s Superman both saw a multitude of actors donning the iconic suits, as it’s important to make sure that the actor chosen for the role doesn’t look silly in the world of the film.  As casting continues, hopefully we hear firm word with regards to at least one role before the Thanksgiving holiday.

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  • kps

    “Everyone” may have auditioned for the role but I’m not sure why she’s the only one running her mouth. Doubt JJ and Disney would be too happy with her.

  • english gent
    • Murdoch

      Uh . . .pass.

  • Damonz Lilylof

    JJ Abrams is a leech and will ruin this movie like he ruined Trek. Then Lindelof, who will be hired to punch up the script with nonsensical tangents that go nowhere and have no payoff, will write a butt hurt crybaby article for the Hollywood Report well he tells everyone to leave him alone and let him write awful sh-t in peace.

    • Batzombie

      What’s the point of posting if you’re just going to spout nonsensical hate speech?

      • Damonz Lilylof

        Calling Lindelof a crybaby is hate speech? Somebody is over-sensitive.

  • 80sRobot

    This bit of news is quite significant. It nearly confirms rumors that there will be a young female Jedi in VII as a lead character. (Because, logically, Ronan might not have been asked to read unless it was for a lead role, since she is a leading-name actor.) Also, since she is blonde, this further leads to the speculation this character is a Skywalker, perhaps Luke’s daughter.

    • Machetta

      I would love that! especially with Saoirse !!

    • Darth Obama

      Luke doesn’t have a daughter….she will be playing Jaina Solo if she gets the part…its the olny high profile female in the EU

      • CJ

        They have said multiple times that they’re not using EU as canon.

      • 80sRobot

        Yep. The screenwriters will probably borrow elements from the EU stories as inspiration, but not abide strictly by them — kind of like how the Christopher Nolan Batman movies derived story elements from certain Batman comics storylines.

      • andrew

        My guess is that some 10 or so years after ROTJ, Luke had a daughter who might not know her history but finds her father’s lightsaber and doesn’t know what it is. So begins….

      • 80sRobot

        That casting sheet that leaked out months ago listed two young female characters. One of them sounds like she could be this third-generation Skywalker Jedi I’ve been speculating will be the lead protagonist of this sequel trilogy. The second sounds like she could be a Jaina-like character — Leia and Han’s daughter.

    • 80sRobot

      More possible evidence that the main lead in the sequel trilogy is a young female Jedi who’s a Skywalker: It’s rumored Chloe Moretz has read for a role in VII (she has cryptically teased on her Twitter about recently watching all the SW movies for the first time), Ronan pointed out that other actresses have read for the same role she read for, and both she and Moretz are blondes. So if Moretz has indeed read, then it seems likely they are being considered for the same role.

      • Pk

        I rather moretz gets the role than this Whitney ass bitch. Chloe is perfect for this role

      • dungeons and draccus’s

        Shut up.

      • Pk

        Aw go fuck yourself

      • dungeons and draccus’s


      • Pk


      • Man pippy

        Moretz is good but clearly eclipsed by Ronan, just compare their female fighter characters, Hitgirl vs Hanna

      • aceb2212

        ( Spoiler alert )The only ‘ female jedi who’s a skywalker ‘ could only be mara jade, whom luke later marries after a dangerous courtship. They have an only child, a boy, named ben.

      • aceb2212

        ( Spoiler alert )The only ‘ female jedi who’s a skywalker ‘ could only be mara jade, whom luke later marries after a dangerous courtship. They have an only child, a boy, named ben.

  • Machetta

    I hope they cast her, she is sweet and has talent

  • Adam Heatherly

    BREAKING: samuel l jackson returns as mace windu in star wars episode vii snakes on a starship rated r cause u know y

  • dungeons and draccus’s

    Stop directly ripping stuff off from better websites like Empire. On their website this says EXCLUSIVE, so I really doubt you have the authority to copy/paste it here, Collider.

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