04/30/2014 08:46 am ET Updated Apr 30, 2014

The 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Cast Still Has Room For Another Female Lead


After space ages of speculation, the "Star Wars: Episode VII" cast was finally revealed on Tuesday. Director J.J. Abrams included many original cast members and up-and-coming stars in the film, but only one actress, newcomer Daisy Ridley, in addition to franchise veteran Carrie Fisher. According to The Hollywood Reporter, however, there's room in Abrams' sequel for an additional female lead as well.

Sources told THR that Abrams is seeking to fill a substantial female role. Though no additional details have been provided, earlier this year, THR noted that "Episode VII" was seeking a mixed-race women in her 20s to play a key part.

Back in March, Abrams reportedly met with Lupita Nyong'o. At the time, THR's Borys Kit revealed that Nyong'o was being considered to play an offspring of Obi-Wan Kenobi. According to the rumor mill, British actress Maisie Richardson-Sellers was also allegedly in the running. Although, at this point, it is unclear if the "Kenobi offspring" role even still exists.

For her part, Ridley is expected to fill one of the lead roles in the film, alongside John Boyega and Oscar Isaac. Because there is always an infinite amount of speculation around "Star Wars," some -- including HuffPost Entertainment -- have surmised that the British actress is playing Han Solo and Princess Leia's daughter.



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