Jedi Master SQL met us in a darkened parking lot, handing us a folder filled with vital information such as the stock price of concentrated frozen orange juice and this rumour regarding Episode
My casting source has told me that beyond the planned casting calls and meets there has been little information coming out on casting. No one is getting rejected, they just get silence. There are two possibilities for this:
- 1) They know who they want and have no fear in getting them. Can you turn down Star Wars? So, they will not announce anything until the last minute as they will make 'take it or leave it' offers. How to avoid leaks? Don't officially cast actors until you absolutely need to, a move that also allow actors to deny that they are involved by truthfully stating that they have 'not signed anything'.
- 2) If they reject actors there is the fear that they will talk possibly about their auditions, the type of character, age ranges, etc.
A lot of those who auditioned are scared to take roles that could clash with Star Wars shooting schedule, as naturally they all want in Star Wars. We could potentially see some negative comments in the next month as they realise their hopes are crushed.
It would be fair to say that a lot of those auditioning for the film fall into the UK cult market, well known to British geeks, but largely unknown outside the UK. Many of them have been flown to the States to audition again, oddly not to Los Angeles but to New York instead. Despite a lot of sites claiming that a high number have auditioned, we believe this is false. A high number have been put forward but very, very few are actually auditioning.
As always, until it's confirmed by Lucasfilm it's only a rumour.