is still working on his cast for Star Wars: Episode VII
, his highly anticipated sequel to the Star Wars
franchise created by George Lucas
in 1977. No one has been officially confirmed by producers, though Carrie Fisher
, Mark Hamill
and Harrison Ford
are thought to be returning in some capacity.
Another name in the mix is recent Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o, who took home a statuette for her role in 12 Years a Slave earlier this month. Sources told The Hollywood Reporter on Friday that Nyong'o met with Abrams about a possible role shortly before the Academy Awards.
Nyong'o, 31, won't be up for the lead 20-something female character, THR said, though she could play "a descendent of Obi-Wan Kenobi."
Other rumors indicate that Adam Driver, a breakout star on Girls, will soon sign on to play a Darth Vader-style villain.
Abrams and crew will begin shooting this April in London.
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