This was first reported by Latino Review but, for what it’s worth, I’ve also had a rather telling, silent nod from one of my own sources near the casting of this project.
She’s likely to be some way from being cast, as yet, and there are many other actresses who could very easily take the part, including more names that you’d know just as well, but Ronan’s very talented, has a real fanbase and seems to fit the bill perfectly.
And as has often happened before, she may not be the filmmakers’ pick for this role but could well be matched with the other, high-profile part for a young woman in this film.
It’s wonderful to think that there are two such roles. Years of genre films living under a cloud on this front and Star Wars is coming back swinging with at least a pair of great leading roles for young ladies. It almost feels like a grand statement you wish nobody had to make. Will there actually be gender parity in the roster of characters? Well, we’ll have to see about that. We’ll also have to see if there’s any reason that it wouldn’t make sense.
And meanwhile, I don’t know anything about but this but Latino Review are also reporting that some of the film will be shot in New Mexico’s Las Cruces, the City of Crosses. It’s a pretty barren place and could stand in for Tatooine or similar.
And then there’s a little comment on Benedict Cumberbatch‘s role in the film – or indeed films, as it’s apparently a role designed to span the whole upcoming trilogy. Latino Review are reporting that the part is “very small” in Episode VII but would be “much bigger” in VIII and IX.
I have no idea what the hold up in Cumberbatch’s deal making is but I still expect an official announcement from Lucasfilm sooner or later.
Star Wars Episode VII‘s sets are being built, right now, at Pinewood. I don’t believe the stories about sets already being finished – I’ve learned quite assuredly that there hasn’t been time – but soon enough, some will be ready and then, in the New Year, cameras will start rolling…