Monday 14 October 2019

Saoirse: I auditioned for new Star Wars film

Saoirse Ronan
Saoirse Ronan

Patrick Smith

Nineteen-year-old Irish actress Saoirse Ronan is rumoured to be playing the daughter of Carrie Fisher's Leia and Harrison Ford's Han Solo in Star Wars: Episode VII.

She has auditioned for a part in Star Wars: Episode VII, the Irish actress has confirmed.

Speaking to Sky News, Ronan followed up her admission by adding that though she has auditioned, "so has everyone".

Speculation is rife that 19-year-old Ronan will play Jaina, the daughter of Carrie Fisher's Leia and Harrison Ford's Han Solo, both of whom are likely to reprise their roles alongside Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker.

The star of Hanna and The Lovely Bones, however, refused to let slip any more details, saying studio bosses would "chop off her head with a lightsaber" if she did.

Directed by Star Trek's JJ Abrams and written by Toy Story 3's Michael Arndt, Star Wars: Episode VII is the first in a new trilogy of films being made by Disney after the studio bought all rights to the sci-fi franchise through its $4.05bn purchase of LucasFilm in October last year. The film will be shot on 35mm – specifically, the Kodak film stock 5219 – to give it a Seventies aesthetic.

Full production will begin in early 2014, with casting announcements expected to be made soon. Those rummoured to be involved in the film include British actors such as Benedict Cumberbatch, Jonathan Rhys Myers and Simon Pegg.

Meanwhile, Kick-Ass star Chloë Grace Moretz refused to quash speculation as to her involvement, having previously stated that she would "kill" for a role in the movie.

The film is due out in summer 2015.

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