Alright Star Wars fans, I know you’re in a bit of a dark place right now, what with the crushing disappointment of no Star Wars news at D23 weighing heavily on your souls. But honestly, no one should have been surprised—Episode VII is just too early in the development process to have any really big announcements made for it, and I doubt that will be changing anytime soon. That said, the film will be hitting cameras in early 2014, so there’s a huge chance that we’ll know a lot of details about the film before the year’s end—including the actor’s who might be involved with it. So far no actor is officially attached to the film, though we’ve heard rumblings in the last few weeks about who Disney might be considering for the film. It’s also a given that Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher will return in their original roles, even if that too has yet to be “officially” confirmed. But other than that, it’s a blank slate when it comes to the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. Who would I like to see get a part in the film? Well what do you know, I’m here to tell you just that!
Now two disclaimers: to make this list more realistic, I’ll be working off of the confirmed casting breakdown released a few months back (for the most part, at least). Also, I won’t be including anyone who’s been rumored for a part in Episode VII…not because of principle or anything, but just because I wasn’t thinking about ANY of them whenever I thought of potential Star Wars actors. I mean, Ryan Gosling? As awesome as that could be, I just can’t imagine it every happening. Anywho, moving forward to my first pick…
Known For: Fringe, The Lord of The Rings: The Return of the King, and Voodoo Lagoon
Why He’s A Good Pick: Because he’s John Freaking Noble, that’s why. Honestly, if Abrams was to recruit Noble for a role in Episode VII, I would be sold on this picture immediately. Noble’s one of the most talented actors working today that no one ever talks about, but a high profile role in something like Episode VII would certainly give him the respect he deserves.
Who He Who Play: The Seventy-something male, with strong opinions and tough demeanor of course. Well his role as Walter Bishop on Fringe is mostly a comedic/dramatic one, roles like Denethor in Return of the King and Walternate on Fringe prove he can do tough demeanor stuff as well.
Could And/Or Would He Actually Do It?: Yes on both accounts—with Fringe being all wrapped up his schedule is clear for the next few years, and he’s already said he’d love to be in the film. Plus, he’s already worked with Abrams before in the past during Fringe’s five year run. Come on J.J, get him on the phone stat!
Known For: Star Trek, Shaun of the Dead, and Guest House Paradiso
Why He’s A Good Pick: Come on, don’t tell you me you didn’t immediately think about the possibility of Simon Pegg being in Episode VII THE MOMENT Abrams was announced as director. He’s a hilarious actor, a fanboy favorite, and a perfect fit for the Star Wars universe. S
Who He Would Play: In a perfect world, Pegg would voice a droid. He’d be perfect for a C3PO type sidekick really, and could totally pull off an Anthony Daniels type performance (as this video clearly illustrates). But sticking with the casting call theme, he also wouldn’t be bad for the Thirtysomething male intellectual either. A little old yeah, but I’m sure it wouldn’t be too hard for them to write the role a few years older if need be.
Could And/Or Would He Actually Do It?: Sadly, the answer is probably no. Pegg has already said that he doesn’t want to be involved with the film, and would rather watch as a fan. And well I would like to believe he would change his mind if the right role popped up, that’s incredibly unlikely. Oh well…we’ll always have Scotty.
Known For: Chronicle, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and A.K.A.: It’s A Wiley World!
Why He’s A Good Pick: DeHaan is one of the most talented young actors working today, as evident by his great work in Chronicle, Lincoln, and The Place Beyond The Pines. Of all the twentysomething actors who could get a role in the film, he would be one of the best. Better than Zac Efron at least, right?
Who He Would Play: The aforementioned young twenty-something male, witty and smart, fit but not traditionally good looking role. And since that one is likely Luke Skywalker’s kid…how freaking perfect would that be? He certainly could resemble Mark Hamill, that’s for sure.
Could And/Or Would He Actually Do It?: This one could pose difficulty, since he’ll likely be looked away with The Amazing Spider-Man as his big franchise for the next few years. It’s not completely out of the realm of possibility for him to do both (squeeze in Episode VII between the release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in 2014 and The Amazing Spider-Man 3 in 2016), it wouldn’t be easy to pull off, especially if he wants to squeeze in the occasional prestige pic. For what it’s worth, I hope he’ll be able to pull it off.
Known For: Sherlock Holmes, Side Effects, and The Tailor of Gloucester
Why He’s A Good Pick: This one is actually a weird story—I was watching Side Effects (great movie, btw) and, around half way through the film, I just got this mental image of Jude Law wearing Jedi robes in a Star Wars film. I have no idea why I would get this image in my mind during a Steven Soderbergh thriller but, hey, that’s where my mind takes me. Anways, it made a lasting enough impression on me to include him on this list.
Who He Would Play: This is the one time I break my rule on this list, since I don’t actually have a role for him from the casting breakdown—like I said, the thought of him playing a Jedi just popped in my head and my imagination went crazy with it.
Could And/Or Would He Actually Do It?: Well I don’t see why not!
Known For: Castle, Firefly, White Noise 2: The Light
Why He’s A Good Pick: Ah yes, saving the most stereotypical fanboy pick for last. I think I ‘ve mostly been able to reign that stuff in during this article (with the possible exception of John Noble), but I had to go crazy with my last one, right? I shouldn’t have to explain why Nathan Fillion should be in Star Wars, since you’re reading a website called Geek Binge…something tells me you already know.
Who He Would Play: The Forty something male, fit, military type is about right. Fillion is 42 years old, fit, and could easily play the military type. Sounds pretty good to me!
Could And/Or Would He Actually Do It?: No, probably not. He’s too busy with his silly little Castle show, sadly. But wouldn’t it be freaking sweet if he did? Yeah, you don’t need to answer that. The answer is always “yes”…just like every other role Fillion might be involved with.
And that’s my list. Obviously I left off some big names, and had some pretty huge omissions. I’m still sad I couldn’t talk any actresses for the film—despite a good portion of the casting call asking for female parts, this list quickly became a sausage fest before I could really contain myself. Anyways, sound off guys: who do you want to see in Star Wars: Episode VII?