Former “Lost” actor Dominic Monaghan recently sat down with director J.J. Abrams where the topic of “Star Wars: Episode VII” came up.
Monaghan was later asked by DweebCast if he was approached for a role in the sequel. The actor says he’s be keen on any role in the film, but Abrams seems to be skewing towards casting unknowns:
“We talked about it a few times. Once I know that he was doing Star Wars I sent him a little congratulatory message and stuff.
We’ve talked a few times about it and he said ‘We’re putting together a cast of unknowns – we want to follow the ’77 New Hope cast because obviously Harrison Ford wasn’t well known at that point, Mark Hamill wasn’t and Carrie Fisher wasn’t either.
What he said was, we don’t want to fall into that mistake of people going ‘Oh it’s that guy from that thing!’ and then you’re completely out of the Star Wars universe.”
Is Monaghan misdirecting fans on Abrams behalf? Time will tell with casting for the key roles expected to be announced shortly.