Rumors are circling as the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII heads to London for their first official table read. Movie website Deadline claims that Harrison Ford’s iconic, “Scruffy looking” bounty hunter Han Solo has a “Gigantic role in the first of the next three films”, which is set to pick up the saga 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi. With shooting on the project set to begin in May, an official casting announcement is expected any day. The 71 year old actor, who starred in last summer’s long awaited adaptation of Ender’s Game, has yet to comment on the report.
Though the news has not yet been confirmed by Disney, it comes hot on the heels of reports that original cast members Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher have been spotted recently in different areas of London. While the only original character to be confirmed as a part of the film so far has been stalwart robot R2D2, the trio’s presence in the city is adding fuel to speculation of their involvement. Although Ford has remained silent, other rumored cast members have taken to twitter to tease fans with the possibility of their attachment to the film.
Star Wars: Episode VII, which is being directed by J.J. Adams and co-written by Lawrence Kasden (noted for co-writing the second two movies of the original Star Wars trilogy), has seen a number of casting rumors circling in recent weeks, as filming on the project nears. Set to shoot at the iconic Pinewood Studios, the cast of the hotly anticipated next installment in the saga has been a carefully guarded secret. Girls star Adam Driver has been rumored for months to have inked a deal with Lucasfilm to play a main antagonist in the film. Actor John Boyega is also thought to be in line for a major role, as is Oscar Issac, who finds himself a recent addition to casting rumors.
With production imminent and the first table read of the script taking place presently, Star Wars fans have speculated that an announcement of the full cast could come at any time. This Sunday, May 4th, which is acknowledged by fans as a day of Star Wars – related celebration because of its similarity to one of the film’s most famous lines of dialogue (“May the fourth be with you”), is considered as a prime date for the announcement. What do you think of the possibility of Han Solo returning for a major role in Star Wars: Episode VII?