Meet the Men Competing for the Lead Role in ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

Robert Kessler / March 12, 2014

It’s now a very short list in contention for the lead role in the new Star Wars. There are just five men being considered according to a report from Variety: Ed Speleers, John Boyega, Jesse Plemons, Matthew James Thomas and Ray Fisher.

Ed Speelers is best known for his role as Jimmy Kent on Downton Abbey. John Boyega has guest starred on several British television stars, as well as a lead role in Attack the Block.

Probably the most well-known on the list is Jesse Plemmons, who would be no stranger to devoted fans, having had supporting roles on both Breaking Bad and Friday Night Lights. Matthew James Thomas and Ray Fisher are best known for their work in theater.

Adam Driver has already been cast as the villain in Episode VII.

Early reports suggested that this new film would center around the children of Princess Leia and Han Solo. A revised script has reportedly shifted them to supporting roles, while focusing on a Jedi apprentice. It’s this Jedi apprentice that one of the five will portray.

The magazine claims the delay in casting is because executives cannot decide whether they want a non-white lead. Director J. J. Abrams has said on several occasions he’d like the film to have a diverse cast.

But, then again, this could all change completely in an instant.