Latino Review, a generally reliable source of entertainment rumors, has recently claimed that JJ Abrams wants Meyers to star in Episode VII. If you look at his IMDB page, you will see that he currently has movies in Post-Production but doesn’t have anything serious slated for filming anytime soon, leaving him conventiently available over the next two years. I’d like to first of all present a few reasons why he could be great for the series, then I’ll explain why I think he would be a great Jagged Fel
Good For Star Wars
Though he has gained recognition for his leading role in Tudors, Meyers hasn’t starred in any major franchises or features, mostly playing supporting roles in films. This is great from a merchandising standpoint because his likeness isn’t already over used by King Henry action figures, so they have a chance to be unique. He also would help bring in alot of European support especially due to his British popularity and Irish Heritage.
Good For Jagged Fel
If the movies take place after the current EU, Jaina and Jag will be in their 30’s and Meyers would be around the right age. Jag has a complicated background, having earned much respect amongst the Empire, being exiled, and regaining standing. Jonathan’s flexibility with his accent can be used to add character to the role and a certain sense of distinguishment. Meyers has displayed his ability to be a trouble leader, in a similar way to how Fel acts, making tough decisions and hiding important information from his own wife. According to the Star Wars Legacy comic series, Fel becomes the new Emperor and starts a dynasty that lasts a hundred years, but we haven’t seen that happen in the novels yet. Could this new saga be the story of the Fel dynasty’s new begining?
The guys over at Shmoes Knows have reported that supposedly someone close to Abrams has leaked the following excerpt from a supposed casting sheet for the new movie.
Storyline: Two 17 year old twins, a girl and a boy, are trained by their uncle Luke to be the greatest Jedi’s in the galaxy. Problems arise when the male twin turns to the dark side.
Jaina Solo – Female, 17 years old, lead. – Jacen’s twin sister, one of the greatest Jedi’s in the galaxy, trained by her uncle Luke Skywalker
Jacen Solo – Male, 17 years old, lead – Jaina’s twin brother, one of the greatest Jedi’s in the world. A loner who is constantly struggling with the idea of what’s right and what’s wrong. Starts to turn to the dark side. Full of conviction that what he is doing is the “right thing”. Will eventually become Darth Caedus.
If this is true, it would make recent rumors of Florence Welch’s attachment lead me to believe that she is being considered for Mara Jade, and would leave me unsure of who Jonathen Myers could be casted as, as he would probably be too old for my recent prediction of Jagged Fel.
Personally I don’t believe these rumors, they don’t really make much sense. Unless the timeline is being changed. Jacen and Jaina Solo were 18 years old when their brother Anakin died, and at age 17 Jacen was not as described in the call. At 17 he was very uncertain about the Force and his purpose and soon stopped using the force for a period of time because of this uncertainty. His fall to darkness wasn’t until he was about 30, dying at age 32.
I also doubt that these rumors are true because of the fact that the Solo twins were 17 years old right before the Yuzhong Vong showed up, and it is incredibly unlikely that the new saga will be about the Vong series as due to the fact that it is so long and detailed already, and the main stream audience did not respond well to the introduction of the Vong.
I find it much more likely that the series will be as described in earlier rumors, taking place roughly 40 years after the original saga and after the modern Expanded Universe. Most rumors lead us to believe that it will feature the next generation of Star Wars Heroes (Jaina Solo-Fel, Ben Skywalker, and Princess Alanna). This is also more likely due to the fact that it would explain the natural aging of the original cast, and I doubt anyone would believe that they only like 20 years older, as opposed to 40 years older, like they are.