From Oxford To Another Galaxy: Is Unknown Maisie Richardson-Sellers The Latest To Take Up A Lightsaber?

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With all the male star names being bandied around as “in talks” to star in the Star Wars: Episode VII, it was about time that we got a hint at a potential female possibility. Luckily for us, our prayers have been answered and the latest news/rumours from the top secret Disney/Lucasfilm project concerns an actress being linked to the film, though one that very few of you will be familiar with.

While filming has supposedly already commenced according to Disney chairman, Alan Horn, The Hollywood Reporter stated yesterday (April 9) that producers are frantically conducting last minute meetings in London to secure the cast before filming begins next month. It is likely that a little unknown Oxford-educated actress, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, was in attendance at one of these meetings, as she’s the latest name to do the casting rounds.

Richardson-Sellers, who has previously appeared in university plays and a short film, is rumoured to be playing a descendent of the Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor in Episodes I-III and Sir Alec Guinness in Episodes IV-VI).

While we all eagerly wait for the leads to be announced, and the what will surely be anti-climatic official announcement that original trilogy stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford are reprising their roles, all we know for certain is that R2-D2 is back as is Peter Mayhew’s Chewbacca.

Unfortunately we might all have to wait till Star Wars: Episode VII is released on December 18, 2015 to get the definitive answer on who is in and who is out of the latest film at this rate.


Clare Sidoti
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