Earlier this week Lucasfilm nearly broke the Internet with the reveal of the cast of Star Wars Episode VII. Now that we know who is in the cast, it now begs the question; how and why were these actors chosen? J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm are being their usual secretive selves. But The Hollywood Reporter might have answer. In a recent article they shared some very interesting information about how some of the actors were chosen. First they discussed Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver's casting:
"Although Abrams began meetings as early as August, sources say he didn't cast the British newcomer Ridley -- one of the first leads to be chosen -- until February. Securing Driver, who likely will play a villain, was more complicated. The actor also was sought for a role in Warner Bros.' Batman-Superman movie and had to work around his schedule on HBO's Girls. But by late February, he was on board."
They go on to explain that Andy Serkis was brought on board thanks Kathleen Kennedy's recommendation, who worked with Serkis on The Adventures Of Tintin. And for Oscor Isaac and John Boyega:
"Talks with Inside Llewyn Davis' Isaac began in March, according to sources, but then hit a snag in early April when it looked as if the summer and fall shooting schedule might run up against theater commitments. Meanwhile, Boyega, who made his feature debut in 2011's Attack the Block, was courted by several franchises, including Paramount's Terminator reboot. His Star Wars deal only began to firm up in the past few weeks when he dropped out of a biopic of sprinter Jesse Owens."
Be sure to head over to The Hollywood Reporter and read the full article!
Even though THR has proven to be reliable source of information(They were the first to report J.J. Abrams was directing Episode VII, for example), nothing should be considered official unless it comes from Lucasfilm. Take this with a grain of salt and wait for bonus features in the Episode VII Blu-ray to give us the full, true story!