Last week rumors surfaced that Alex Pettyfer and Rachel Hurd-Wood had auditioned for Star Wars: Episode VII. We didn’t find the castings likely, but new evidence has surfaced that suggests there may actually be something to the rumors.
The initial rumors again came from Latino Review. They’ve been the ones to break a number of the Star Wars: Episode VII so far. While their track record is yet to be determined as there have been no official casting announcements as of yet, they’ve likely had both hits and misses.
The latest development on the potential involvement of Alex Pettyfer and Rachel Hurd-Wood again from El Mayimbe (one of their writers) on his twitter account.
He found a screenshot from an official Star Wars forum called Obi Wants To Know Me (yes, really). This forum exists under an invite only setup that gives access to private information while requiring you sign a non-disclosure agreement. The screenshot (which was likely sent to him by an anonymous user) showed the site asking users what they thought of the Pettyfer and Hurd-Wood potential castings.
Here is the pic! Tell that Lucasfilm cornball moderator Tien to link to proper source! pic.twitter.com/5uFioriro2
— elmayimbe (@elmayimbe) September 6, 2013
There are two different ways to look at the information presented here. Is it possible that Lucasfilm wanted to gauge through their site how fans would react to this casting? Very. With the reaction of fans up in arms after Ben Affleck was cast in the role of Batman in the Man of Steel sequel, Lucasfilm would be wise to not have a similar reaction to an arguably even bigger franchise.
On the other hand, it’s very possible they were just trying to engage their audience. It’s unlikely that they’d actually reveal who they were looking at casting before deals were signed. Even with non-disclosure agreements, that could still cause problems if deals weren’t locked in place.