Star Wars Casting Rumor Swirls Around Transformers 4 Co-Star
Strap back into the Rumor Chair, boys and girls. We’re about to take another spin through J.J. Abrams’ pending blockbuster Star Wars: Episode VII, a production that has endured quite a few visits from the Rumor Police, and one that’s about to entertain one more bit of possible casting speculation.
Needless to say, this should be taken with a grain of salt until it is confirmed by a source at the studio, but the name Jack Reynor is being linked to Abrams’ effort, and that rumor is starting to take a few laps around the ‘Net. Harry Knowles at AICN started this ball rolling, citing "two different sources" as saying the Irish lad had landed a mystery role in the as-yet-untitled Episode VII. "No idea of what role," Harry says, "but here he is." Here he is, indeed.
Reynor was born in Colorado, but moved to Ireland at the age of 2 with his family. He had a part in Vince Vaughn’s recent comedy Delivery Man, and earned acclaim for his part in the 2012 drama What Richard Did. Scandalous love triangles between brooding Irish lads and lasses!
If you recognize Reynor’s name, it might be because you’ve heard it attached to Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction, which is attempting to reboot AND continue the mechanical franchise later this year. Reynor has been cast as Shane in the film, a race car driver who gets caught up (alongside Mark Wahlberg) in the ongoing battle between Autobots and Decepticons. Should he land a part in Star Wars, this would put Reynor on a plain with the likes of Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt, actors who are juggling not one but two massive film franchises, snapping up coveted parts and padding their resumes with can’t-miss blockbusters.
Will it happen? Reynor joins a long (long) list of names that have been attached to Episode VII at some stage of development, from Gary Oldman and Judi Dench to Michael B. Jordan and Saoirse Ronan. Script changes reportedly shifted the direction Abrams wanted to go with the sequel. Maybe there’s a part for Reynor at the moment. If LucasFilm, Disney or anyone tied to Episode VII, we’ll bring you the news. Until then, imagine Reynor holding a lightsaber, possibly interacting with Mark Hamill and riding on the Millennium Falcon in December 2015.
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