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'Star Wars Episode 7' Lead Role Narrowed Down to Five Actors

March 13, 2014 (4:20 am) GMT
'Downton Abbey' star and 'Attack the Block' actor are in the shortlist along with previously-rumored Jesse Plemons and two theater actors.

There is still no word from Disney and J.J. Abrams regarding "Star Wars Episode 7", but the latest whisper suggests five actors have been shortlisted to play the male lead. According to Variety, the top candidates are Ed Speleers (""), (""), (""), and two theater actors Matthew James Thomas as well .

The story is still unclear, but rumor suggests it will introduce a younger generation of Jedi. The original draft which allegedly focused on the new characters was written by Michael Arndt. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan then rewrote the story to put them in supporting roles first before giving them bigger portions later in the follow-up movies.

, , and are expected to reprise their roles as the classic "Star Wars" trio, Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia, while is hotly tipped to play the new Darth Vader-esque villain. They will start filming later this year to meet the scheduled December 18, 2015 release date.

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