What better film to start out with than the movie that has the most buzz in regards to casting right now, the latest installment of the Star Wars saga.
Virtually nothing has been announced for this film. We have no confirmed plot, title, or cast of characters. Even the list of people we assume are guaranteed to return still hasn't been 100% solidified. The only thing we know for sure right now is that R2D2 will return, and there's no need to try to recast that droid.
As such, we are going to speculate on some characters we could potentially see in this new film. Since this is a rather blind guess, we could be completely off, not only in regards to casting, but even as to the characters themselves. Still, we invite you to join in on the fun and think of the possibilities we're presenting below.
I'm of the impression that we're going to see a few characters from the Expanded Universe incorporated into the film, but not necessarily to a T. We should see some legacy characters that are the children of the older ones like Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa, Han Solo and Lando Calrissian.
Ben Skywalker played by Alex Pettyfer
First off, I think the lead character of this story should very well be Luke Skywalker's son, and I think that they should name him Ben. It just works for how simple it is. If there is the character of Luke's son Ben, I think Alex Pettyfer is the perfect actor for the role. He has all the elements necessary to pull off what is required of him. In the looks department, he not only resembles a young Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) mixed with Hayden Christensen (Anakin Skywalker), he's also marketable to the female base because of how handsome he is. He was in Magic Mike, after all. It isn't as though he's some no-talent model, though. Pettyfer has acting chops as well. He's also in a good spot as far as being a big enough star to carry a film, but not so big that he would bankrupt the film to sign on. Pettyfer was on the list of people rumored to have a spot in the film, and if it were this role, I think it would make perfect sense. Some people think Ryan Gosling is better suited, but I think Pettyfer is the way to go.
Han & Leia's Daughter played by Chloë Grace Moretz
Is it unoriginal? Sure. Does that mean it is invalid by default? Absolutely not. Moretz was another name in the rumor mill, and my instincts for where I would like to see her in this film instantly gravitated towards this role. She's proven herself as far as acting talent and skill with action sequences, so there's no risk in casting her. Her character could easily have the rebellious tomboy nature that her parents (more so her father) have.
Lando's Son played by Michael B. Jordan
If Lando is in the film, I would like to see him as part of the new Republic, maybe as a senator of sorts. If he has a son, he should be cocky and cool like him, but maybe with a softer side. If you're asking me for my fan fiction, I'd make him a member of the military and the love interest for Han and Leia's daughter. Michael B. Jordan absolutely killed the idea of a charming socialite with a softer side in Chronicle, and like the two others mentioned above, he has a very bright future.
|C'mon. Lando's son. You can see it, can't you?|
Primary Villain played by Benedict Cumberbatch
Again, it's unoriginal, but that's just because it works so well in theory that you can't avoid talking about it. Benedict Cumberbatch just has that "it" factor where he could play a dark, disturbing member of the Sith (or whatever they want to do in regards to evil Jedi-esque villainous characters, if the Sith are indeed gone for good).
So what if he was already a villain in Star Trek Into Darkness? Jack Nicholson has played a villain a bunch of times and people don't complain. Morgan Freeman is almost always a wise helper to the protagonist and nobody complains. Cumberbatch has it in him to nail a role like this, and that should be utilized. He could be part Darth Maul (physical threat), but still as cunning and intelligent of a threat as ever. Extra bonus points if he played a Jedi that was excommunicated and was one of Luke's first students.
High-Ranking Jedi played by Tom Hiddleston
Tom Hiddleston is a great villain as Loki in the Marvel films, but it's undeniable how likable he is despite his character being evil. I say you should flaunt that. Make Tom Hiddleston the equivalent of the Mace Windu character, where he's the second-in-command—or at least a high-ranking member—of a Jedi Council led by the new Yoda of the bunch, Luke himself. Tom's character can be a bit of comedic relief (but not in the stupid Jar Jar Binks way, in the lighthearted and fun guy way) or he can just be someone that the audience can get behind full storm. Then what do you do? Well, you have to kill him in Episode VIII, of course, and rip our hearts out in the process.
Mara Jade Skywalker played by Sigourney Weaver
If Luke has a wife, I don't see why they shouldn't just make her Mara Jade. If they do include Mara Jade, she needs to be around the same age as Mark Hamill. How many women in Hollywood could fill this role? When brainstorming, I could only think of two: Jane Seymour and Sigourney Weaver. While I think Seymour could bring a certain level of class to the part, I think Weaver suits it better. She's also had her share of action in the past and she's no stranger to working in space, so I'm hard-pressed to think of someone better.
Ben Skywalker's Love Interest played by Emma Stone or Anna Kendrick
I'm a big fan of both of these women, and I think either of them could be great in this capacity.
Anakin Solo played by Chandler Riggs
He's been a pain in the ass as Carl in The Walking Dead, but we've seen how much of a little ass kicker he can be. He's the right age for the part, in my mind.
Jace Solo played by Sebastian Stan
We've seen him play Captain America's buddy Bucky, and he'll soon be a hopefully-badass Winter Soldier. If all pans out well for him in the Cap sequel, he should fit perfectly into the role of the fallen son of Leia and Han.
Jaina Solo played by Chloe Grace Moretz
We've seen Chloe kick ass in the Kick-Ass series, and she's the perfect age to play Leia and Han's only daughter that will one day evolve into a Jedi Master.
Mara Jade Skywalker played by Jaclyn Smith
She's still gorgeous and one of the original Charlie's Angels. She'd make a perfect Sith-turned-Jedi and love interest for Mark Hamill.
Kyle Katarn played by Liam Hemsworth
His brother got his breakout role playing Thor, and we have seen that he can be an action star in The Expendables 2, so why not give Liam the rugged Han Solo part of this new generation?
Lando "Chance" Calrissian Jr. played by Noah Gray-Cabey
I can't see Jr. being a huge character in the next three films if my hopes for Katarn and the Solos pan out, but hey, he played Micah in Heroes.
Ben Skywalker played by Josh Hutcherson
He's making a name for himself in The Hunger Games, and I expect him to bite the dust in the next film. Assuming that happens, he would make an awesome Ben.
Jedi played by David Morrissey
He is another fantastic Walking Dead actor. He's living on borrowed time on that show, and I think he'd make an excellent Jedi that helps rebuild the temple.
Villain played by Giancarlo Esposito
He needs to play the villain in the new franchise. He is a cold, calculating, evil man in both Revolution and Breaking Bad. I don't care who needs to be paid off, he needs to be a Sith lord or some kind of bad guy in the upcoming films.
Son of Luke or Han turned to the dark side played by Dane DeHaan
He was great in Chronicle and he's shown that he can play the timid, quiet, nice guy who gets pushed too far and uses his powers against others.
Female Lead played by Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence has always defied my expectations when it comes to new, young actresses. She's displayed in The Hunger Games that she can have the physicality of a fight and although she wasn't the shining star of X-Men: First Class, I'm confident in her ability to hold her own with the likes of Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford in an iconic film series.
Emma Stone in some kind of a supporting role
She's just a great actress who has played both serious and silly characters alike. Though I wouldn't cast her in the leading role, she could definitely bring something to the table, especially as a conscience to the lead female or even something of a sidekick role.
So who would you like to see in the new series? Would you like us to flesh out our ideas in fan fiction format? Let us know your thoughts and ideas in the comments below!