"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" breakout stars Daisy Ridley and John Boyega have been raving about the script of their next film "Star Wars: Episode VIII," but their praises might have been premature since rumors have been circulating that the script is now being revised.
According to Star Wars News, "The Diary of a Teenage Girl" actress Bel Powely and "Jane the Virgin" star Gina Rodriguez were both auditioning for a mysterious role in the eighth installment of the "Star Wars" franchise.
Unfortunately for them both, neither got the role and writer Rian Johnson is now revising the script in order to accommodate an Asian actress for the role the two actresses were initially vying.
"I said before there were two young female roles, now I actually heard that the rewrite will make these roles smaller. They want to get to know better the characters they already have. So the new rewrite is shrinking the new roles in order to spend more time with Rey, Poe and so on," The Wrap's Jeff Sneider said.
It makes sense for the franchise to focus on the characters it invested so much time and effort to introduce in its seventh film. New characters such as Rey (Ridley), rogue Stormtrooper Finn (Boyega), pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) really took the franchise to new heights.
In particular, there were a lot of buzz concerning Rey and who her parents might be. Some suspect that she is the daughter of Harrison Ford's Han Solo and Carrie Fisher's General Leia, which would make her the sister of Kylo Ren. Some think that she is the daughter of Mark Hamill's Luke Skywalker and a mysterious woman, therefore explaining her incredible powers. Others believe that she is even the daughter of Luke's trainer Obi Wan Kenobi.
"The Force Awakens" director J.J. Abrams invested so much time and effort in creating the new characters and the world they live in that he feels extremely happy that they were so well-received by moviegoers.
"The truth is working on this movie for nearly three years, it has been like living with the greatest roommate in history for too long. It's time for him to get his own place. It's been great and I can't tell you how much I want him to get out into the world and meet other people because we know each other really well. But really, 'Star Wars' is bigger than all of us. So I'm thrilled beyond words (to be involved) and terrified more than I can say," he told Variety.
"Star Wars: Episode VIII" has already been scheduled for release on May 26, 2017.