‘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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Mark is the content manager for WOW247 in Leeds. When he isn't waxing lyrical about Ben Wheatley and Caravan Palace, he's writing about cult cinema, obscure horror movies and outlandish games.