Michael Fassbender, Hugo Weaving and "Girls" star Adam Driver are the latest potential cast members being rumored for J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: Episode VII" at Lucasfilm and Disney.
Heat Vision has revealed the new names and adds a new twist to the departure of Oscar winning writer Michael Arndt this past Fall. Officially Arndt left the project due to timeframe/scheduling issues.
This report indicates he actually departed due to a difference in opinion of which characters to emphasize. Arndt wanted to focus on the offspring of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) throughout the trilogy.
Abrams however wanted to focus on the classic trio of characters for Episode VII, with their offspring in supporting roles. The kids would then take center stage in Episodes VIII & IX.
Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan have since been working on the script to accomplish that goal. George Lucas was reportedly involved in the debate, but acquiesced to Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy.
As a result, some characters from the Arndt script have disappeared whilst new ones are being created. It also means many of the actors who already auditioned have been rendered void - most notably some of the younger actors that were linked such as Tye Sheridan.
Of the new three names, the only one linked to a specific role is Weaving who apparently met for the part of an Imperial commander.