Casting rumors for Star Wars Episode VII will only heat up in the months between now and filming beginning this coming January. We’ve already heard rumors of actors reading for major roles and Thursday brings two more names to the mix. According to Jedi News as well as Comic Book Movie, Spartacus actor Liam McIntyre has reportedly read for a part in J.J. Abrams upcoming Star Wars Episode VII.
Now before you get too up in arms either believing or denying the supposed report, consider this. A con against this report is that it’s coming from Jedi News and being backed up by Comic Book Movie. That’s not to say it’s false but it hasn’t been confirmed by reps for the actor yet. However, Jedi News did break the story about the return of Emperor Palpatine to the new films which did get picked up around the web.
There’s also this: according to the site they spoke directly with McIntyre who said himself that he has read for a role in Star Wars Episode VII.
On tomorrow’s RFR, we feature coverage from DragonCon. Our RFR correspondent, Riley Blanton from starwarsreport.com reports to us on this week’s show that he had a conversation with Sparticus actor Liam McIntyre who revealed he read for a role in Episode VII. McIntyre hinted to Riley that he read directly from the script for a role of a Jedi. More deets on tomorrow’s episode of RebelForce Radio.
Any rumor at this point, no matter who steps forth with it, is a we’ll believe when he hear it confirmed type of situation. There’s also the matter of an actor reading for a role not being the same as an actor being cast in the role, so don’t get too far ahead of the rumor.
Still, with only a few months before filming starts, roles will need to be filled relatively soon and it’s sounding like at the very least Abrams is narrowing down his search.