Samuel L. Jackson has been talking about Star Wars: Episode VII a lot lately. He recently joked that he was thinking about heading to the open casting call producers held to look for the main actors.
During an appearance on the Late Night with David Letterman, Jackson joked that he, along with Ewan McGregor, who plays the younger version of Obi-Wan Kenobi in the prequels, and Mark Hamill, who portrays the original hero, Luke Skywalker, were going to take a trip to the auditions to see if they could get a part in the new film.
According to Samuel L. Jackson, he hasn’t heard from director J.J. Abrams, and neither has McGregor – or Hamill for that matter.
“So I was thinking, maybe all three of us could just get together and go over to the Star Wars set and just stand around and see if maybe they could use some old Jedi! And then I heard on television they were auditioning people for Star Wars and I said, ‘Well, maybe we should just go through the auditions and see if we can get a job!'”
Samuel L. Jackson is referring to the open casting calls being held in the UK and US in recent weeks in hopes of finding the new stars that will portray the heroes for Episode VII and beyond.
As reported by The Inquisitr, Jackson, McGregor, and Hamill have expressed interest in reprising their characters in previous Star Wars.
The only question will be, the time in which the script sets the story. The conjecture so far is that it happens in the future, following Star Wars: Episode VI, Return Of The Jedi and presumably follows the descendants of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo (Harrison Ford), and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher).
Star Wars: Episode VII‘s open casting call is looking for two actors to play the main roles:
“Young woman to play 17-18 Years old. Must be beautiful, smart and athletic. Open to all ethnicities (including bi- and multi-racial). Must be 16 or over.” Her name is Rachel.
“Young man to play 19-23 years old. Must be handsome, smart and athletic. Must be 18 or over.” The male character will be called Thomas.
Samuel L. Jackson talked to J.J. Abrams at George Lucas’ wedding last month:
“I pretty much hinted to JJ that I wanted to be in the film at George Lucas’ wedding, and he was kinda like, ‘Mmm’, that was about the most I got out of him.”
As no official casting has been announced by the studio, we can assume that they are probably waiting to cast the main characters and then decide (or announce officially) which characters will reprise their roles from Star Wars: Episodes I-VI.
According to Screenrant, multiple sources have confirmed that Mark Hamill is getting in shape to play an older Luke Skywalker and he, along with Ford and Fisher, are in final negotiations to reprise their roles.
Star Wars: Episode VII is set for a December 18, 2015 release.