David Oyelowo and Michael B. Jordan, two black actors with burgeoning careers, might get even bigger career boosts, if the rumors about their “Star Wars: Episode VII” castings pan out.
According to the Latin Review, both Oyelowo and Jordan have met with director J.J. Abrams regarding roles in the upcoming “Star Wars” franchise reboot, but the website does not reveal the roles being sought.
There has been no confirmation of the new revelation by the actors themselves, the studio, or the director.
Last fall, Disney bought Lucasfilm for $4.1 billion and announced its intent to make another “Star Wars” trilogy, with the first one, to be directed by J.J. Abrams and set for release in 2015, followed by the other two films every two to three years.
Shadow & Act reports that Disney later revealed, in addition to at least 3 more films, fans should expect stand-alone films, and TV series, separate from the official “Star Wars” films based on their characters.
“Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed this piece of news during an interview with CNBC, earlier this year,” wrote the website. “He added that these spin-off films and TV series will be released between the releases of the already announced 3 (or more) new Stars Wars movies (VII, VIII and IX), and that Larry Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are already currently working on them.”
Of course it’s too early to tell how significant a role, if any, Michael B. Jordan or David Oyelowo will play in the upcoming film – or if their roles will expand to any of the spinoffs. It would definitely be a nice addition to the growing number of films under their belts, plus the diversity will be a good look for the film.
“Star Wars: Episode VII” is expected to open in 2015. Check back for updates on casting for the film.