The Abrams Star Wars Casting Call (

By:Robert T. Trate
Date: Monday, January 28, 2013

Now that J.J. Abrams has the director seat of the next Star Wars film, we have a few thoughts in mind. The first being, will we finally have a reason/ explanation for the Midi-chlorians? Will that have anything to do with Red Matter? The second one that comes to mind with Abrams directing a Star Wars movie is, will the first lens flare be when we see a planet or a lightsaber? The third and probably most important: will Abrams use any of his former cast members in Episode VII?
Abrams has a huge list of actors to draw from. Obviously, we won’t be seeing the likes of Tom Cruise (Mission Impossible III) in Star Wars or any of the cast of Star Trek Into Darkness. Yet Abrams has worked with a great list fine actors, many of which would fit perfectly into the Star Wars universe. Here is Mania’s “Abrams Star Wars Casting Call”.

Forgive us, it is a tad Lost heavy.

John Noble

J.J. Connection: Fringe
John Noble has already played a prominent role in The Lord of the Rings. Noble should now lend both his incredible voice and presence to Star Wars. Noble would be fitting as a senator in the New Republic either for good or bad. However, envision Noble as one of the last Imperial Admirals ready strike back at the Rebellion. Noble was born for that Imperial Uniform.

Jennifer Garner 


J.J. Connection: Alias
She has been out of the action/ adventure genre for quite some time now. We here at Mania have no doubt that Garner could still kick some serious ass. A Jedi role for Garner would be easy, but let us have her play against type and be a Sith Witch instead.

Michael Emerson


J.J. Connection: Lost, Person of Interest
Those of us that watched Lost know that Emerson can play the sleaze ball mastermind perfectly. Either cast him as a self serving senator or as member of the Black Sun crime syndicate. The new Star Wars needs guys we love to hate. Emerson can play such a character.
Harold Perrineau
J.J. Connection: Lost
The brilliance of Harold Perrineau is his ability to leap from both films to TV with such incredible ease. Lost proved that Perrineau can play a character that can come unhinged and draw emotions form the audience. Perhaps a Jedi in the new order that teeters on the Dark Side?
Henry Ian Cusick
J.J. Connection: Lost
As Desmond, he was the one character that, universally, everyone cared about. Here was a man trapped who found the courage press on. If Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) is to have one Jedi Knight that will get the job done, let it Cusick.
Anna Torv
J.J. Connection: Fringe
On Fringe, Torv proved she could play both the hero and the villain. The Star Wars universe is loaded with both, but it was the grey characters like Boba Fett (and, initially, both Lando and Han) that captured our imagination. Torv deserves the character guise of Bounty Hunter.
Lance Reddick
J.J. Connection: Fringe, Lost
The Sith should rise again in Episode VII. Their full breath might not be felt in the first film, but their presence must resonate. Reddick’s face alone reveals a man you don’t want to mess with. His voice, like Noble’s, has a commanding presence and those eyes initiate cold fear. Reddick would make an incredible Lord of the Sith.
Keri Russell 
J.J. Connection: Felicity, Mission Impossible III
If Han and Leia have any offspring in the new Trilogy, Keri Russell should play their daughter. Her age is appropriate and MIssion Impossible III showed that she can do action scenes. The Solo children may have to be recognizable actors to establish a quick link to the audience. All Russell needs is a fraternal twin to keep in step with the Mortis Trilogy.
Ron Eldard
J.J. Connection: Super 8
Not everyone in the new Star Wars film will be Jedi, Sith, Senator, or Admiral. In fact, it was a simple Space Pirate that saved the guy who saved the day. Ron Eldard usually plays the every-man on TV and in films. It doesn’t matter whether it is Solider of the New Republic or last of the Imperial Stormtroopers, Eldard for Episode VII.

Elle Fanning
J.J. Connection: Super 8
With the revelation of the Padawans and their Masters in the prequels, the new Star Wars film will probably follow suit. Elle Fanning was the stand-out young star in Abrams’ Super 8. If the Padawans return, let Fanning be the first to lose her master and fall under the tutelage of Master Skywalker.
Josh Holloway
J.J. Connection: Lost, Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol
He was the perfect rogue/ scoundrel on Lost. Holloway’s Sawyer proved that, in the end, he was both a hero and man of convictions. Sound like someone we all know? Holloway needs that break out big screen role. Star Wars could be the star vehicle for him to launch his movie career.
Terry O’Quinn
J.J. Connection: Lost, Alias
Locke. ‘Nuff said.

Check out Mania’s previous Star Wars casting list in 10 Actors We Want in Star Wars Episode VII