‘Attack The Block’ actor John Boyega linked with ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ lead role

Ed Speleers, Jesse Plemons, Matthew James Thomas and Ray Fisher also up for part, say reports

Attack The Block actor John Boyega has been linked with the lead role in Star Wars: Episode VII.

Casting rumours about JJ Abrams’ eagerly-anticipated sci-fi reboot have come thick and fast in recent months, and Boyega is the latest name to be linked with the project. According to Variety, he is in contention for the role of a Jedi apprentice along with Ed Speleers, Jesse Plemons and theatre actors Matthew James Thomas and Ray Fisher.

It is thought that while the original script penned by Michael Arndt would focus on the children of Han Solo and Princess Leia, the rewritten screenplay from Lawrence Kasdan will instead focus on an aspiring Jedi instead.

Girls actor Adam Driver is the leading candidate to land the film’s main villainous role, while a clutch of other names have also been linked with the film: Judi Dench and Gary Oldman have both recently been rumoured to be taking on a role in the flick, while Atonement‘s Saoirse Ronan and The Wire actor Michael B Jordan have both revealed they have auditioned for roles.

Benedict Cumberbatch, who worked with director JJ Abrams on last year’s Star Trek Into Darkness, has also been linked to the project too and Zac Efron revealed earlier this week that he had held preliminary talks with the film’s producers.

More recently, meanwhile, it was revealed that Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford will reprise their roles from the original trilogy in the film. The trio portrayed iconic characters Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker and Han Solo in the first run of films.