An orphan female and a fatherless male (Perhaps they are going for the jesus angle again), the open casting call lists. The girl, named "Rachel," is to appear 17-18 years of age, and the boy, "Thomas," 19-23.
This news follows on the heels of talk that JJ Abrams has taken over scripting and casting to move the project forward in order to meet Disney's 2015 theater schedule.
Some are speculating that these two roles are not related to the Skywalker family that has driven the plot of the first six movies, but this reporter believes Disney is simply trying a bit of misdirection. Even if these roles do end up cast as described, the characters could still find themselves related to what was the last line of Jedi in the galaxy.
Hopefully this is a sign of things to come, with roles being offered to up and coming actors and not well known names. As much as I love Sam Jackson and Natalie Portman, seeing well known actors in Star Wars roles ruined a bit of the fantasy element for me. At least they are breaking from the traditional Hollywood stereotypes and searching for beautiful and handsome people for these roles. If there's one thing there aren't enough of in movies, it's beautiful and handsome people.
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