‘Star Wars 7′ characters revealed – female lead a possibility

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Open casting for Star Wars 7 is reportedly underway in the UK – and the specified roles give an intriguing sense of who the major characters will be.

Two actresses in their late teens are being sought, fuelling rumours that JJ Abrams’ sci-fi sequel will have a female lead.

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[Carrie Fisher in Star Wars]

According to Bleeding Cool, the specifications for the seven lead characters currently being cast are as follows:

  • Late-teen female, independent, good sense of humour, fit.
  • Young twenty-something male, witty and smart, fit but not traditionally good looking.
  • A late twenty-something male, fit, handsome and confident.
  • Seventy-something male, with strong opinions and tough demeanour. Also doesn’ t need to be particularly fit.
  • A second young female, also late teens, tough, smart and fit.
  • Forty-something male, fit, military type.
  • Thirty-something male, intellectual. Apparently doesn’t need to be fit.

This suggests a mix of sassy young upstarts and worldly-wise veterans, with the emphasis on wisecracking youth suggesting that Abrams is aiming to win over a whole new generation of fans.

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe recently said he’d love a part in the movie. Could he end up playing one of the twenty-something males?

As well as the prospect of fresh faces, original stars Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill are confirmed to be returning for the film, which is getting a script from Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt.

Whet your appetite with a look back at the original movie:

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