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Michael Fassbender and Adam Driver being looked at for 'Star Wars' reboot

Posted by Christopher Hughes  January 13, 2014 02:26 PM

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It appears the casting carousel for "Star Wars: Episode VII" is picking up momentum as Micheal Fassbender, Hugo Weaving, and "Girls" star Adam Driver have all emerged as newly rumored targets of director J.J. Abrams. The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision broke the news today, adding the trio to a growing list that already includes Michael B. Jordan, Jack O’Connell, and Jesse Plemons.

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From left: Mark Schafer, Jason Merritt/Getty Images, Caroline McCredie/Getty Images

Disney and Lucasfilm are declining to comment, so nobody knows who they're auditioning to play or which planet they'll be defending, but we're certain that the inhabitants of Tatooine, Naboo, and Hoth would all welcome Driver's famous six-pack and Fassbender's well-groomed, hirsute visage.

Perhaps the even bigger news is that Abrams has taken a drastic new direction with the script. Since the departure of Oscar winning screenwriter Michael Arndt, Abrams and co-writer Lawrence Kasdan ("Raiders of the Lost Ark") have decided to focus on the classic "Star Wars" trio of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Han Solo (Harrison Ford), and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher). Arndt had proposed sticking them in supporting roles, with the new films focusing on the offspring of the three, but Abrams was more interested in giving "audiences one more chance to enjoy them before a fitting send-off."

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