We can report that there's a recent Oscar winner who has been reading for a part for over the past month and she's extremely close to signing onto the movie: 12 Years A Slave's Lupita Nyong'o.
The part Nyong'o has been reading for a is a major female role and doesn't seem to be tied into the family lines from Episodes 4-6.
Calls were made to Lupita's reps and they responded, "We're not allowed to talk about that."
From what I heard, Lupita might be going up for a a sith!
Star Wars: Episode VII will begin production late second quarter or early third quarter this year.
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