A new report from The Hollywood Reporter suggests that British actress Maisie Richardson-Sellers is now a front-runner to play a lead role in Star Wars Episode VII. According to THR,
"Speculation is swirling like the mists of Dagobah around newcomer Maisie Richardson-Sellers. Several sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that she is in line to nab an undisclosed and possibly major role in the high-profile Disney/Lucasfilm production, which is in the middle of an extended casting search in London in advance of a May production start date."
Sellers certainly fits the bill when it comes to the Star Wars tradition of casting unknowns in the main roles. She currently has no film credits to her name, however she has appeared in several plays in the U.K including For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide, Mephisto and There Will Be Red and attended Oxford University.
Speculation is that she may be considered for the rumored role of Obi-Wan's granddaughter. It is also important to note that two sources did tell THR, that despite being a front runner for the part, no offer has been made.
As always this is just a rumor until confirmed or denied by Lucasfilm or Disney.
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