A couple weeks ago, it was rumored that Saoirse Ronan had gone in to read for a role in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII. It was supposedly for one of the main characters and possibly the leading role. In a recent interview with Sky News, Ronan confirmed that she had indeed read for the role, but added “so has everyone.” And that’s the beauty of taking names, having meetings, and making lists. So many actors are going in and out to read for these roles, and then plenty of expectations are attached to them just by virtue of their name being mentioned at one point in the process. I’m a fan of Ronan’s past work, so I’d like her to bring her talent to a blockbuster film. I say this without knowing the character, the details of the plot, or how the two will fit together. But I like Ronan, so I’ll root for Ronan.
If you like actor Sullivan Stapleton, then hit the jump because he’s the latest actor to join the Star Wars rumor game.
According to Latino Review, 300: Rise of an Empire star Sullivan Stapleton has gone in to read for a role. However, while Ronan may be able to go on record about her involvement, LR says Stapleton “got in a lot of trouble with his camp and from folks over at LucasFilm” for talking about reading for a role in the highly anticipated sequel. I can understand their frustration. Even if he doesn’t get the role, the simple announcement that he read for it could clue fans into the fact that there will be a handsome male character in the movie. Such a reveal at this stage in the game could be disastrous.