A few weeks ago there was a rumor that surfaced which stated Oscar nominated actress Saoirse Ronan had auditioned for a lead role in J.J. Abrams upcoming film Star Wars Episode VII but it was lumped in with all the other mindless rumors we’d been subjected to. But when Ronan confirmed the rumor, Star Wars fans lit up with speculation about what the part would be.
Ronan again talked about the audition on a podcast for Empire and whether she was supposed to talk about it, Ronan confirmed she auditioned for a role that would require her to use a lightsaber.
Per Empire’s podcast:
Yeah, I did [audition for Star Wars: Episode 7]… I don’t know whether I should have said that now! I mean, everyone did. Everyone has auditioned for it. So many people I know have gone in for the part I’ve gone in for, and guys who’ve gone in for a particular part, so I’d imagine J.J. is probably just scanning the earth to find the people that he needs.
But nobody has a clue what it’s about, and nobody’s read the script. So I’ve gone in and read for it, but I have to say, I think it’s the only time I’ve ever thought, ‘You know what? Even if I don’t get it, I had so much fun auditioning, pretending to take out a lightsaber – out of a bag, kind of inspect it and not know what it is. That was… that was great. A lightsaber! Star Wars!
The speculation is that Ronan would be up for the role of Han Solo and Princess Liea’s daughter, who through her connection to the Skywalker family, is force sensitive.
She hasn’t officially gotten the part, and has downplayed her audition by saying everyone who’s anyone has auditioned for the film, so don’t make too much of it. But so far Ronan has been the only solid casting rumor Star Wars fans have been allowed to realistically cling to, and the chances she ends up getting the part is very high.