Rumors are running wild right now that British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor might be cast in Star Wars: Episode VII. Currently earning rave reviews as the star of period drama “12 Years a Slave”, Ejiofor is well known in science fiction circles for his turns as “The Operative” in “Serenity” (2005) and terrorist “Luke” in 2006’s “The Children of Men”.
Ejiofor has been mum regarding the rumor, but responses like “I can’t discuss casting” while speaking kindly of J.J. Abrams aren’t exactly strong denials.
Ejiofor is a fantastic actor, and I’ve been a fan of his work for years. I think that he’d be a great addition to the saga and I hope that the rumors are true.