Now that J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan have taken over screenwriting duties for Star Wars Episode VII, we may be seeing the first results of the changes they're making to the story.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film is now looking to cast a new character that is described as a "40-something military man a la Matt Damon in Elysium." This newly added figure is said to be a direct result of the new direction in which Abrams and Kasdan have been taking the script since original screenwriter Michael Arndt was shown the door last month.
There's no explanation as to how this new person fits into the plot, mainly because there's been absolutely no hint of what the movie's plot is -- and we don't know how extensively Abrams and Kasdan are changing it from the original conception.
We do know that casting directors are still on the lookout for two young leads, a 17-to-18-year-old girl and a 19-to-23-year-old guy, but despite testing everyone from the hottest young actors in Hollywood to your cousin Rob who was willing to drop out of college for the part, the two teen heroes have yet to be found.
Now we can add this middle-aged military man to the mix. Is he someone we've met or heard of before? Slashfilm seems to think that Abrams might want to use a minor character from the previous trilogy, like Wedge Antilles, and give him a lot more to do in the new films. Or will it be someone completely new?
Whoever the character is, they need to fill the role soon, before Abrams begins directing the thing early next year to make that Dec. 18, 2015 release date. Who do you think they're looking for, and what do you reckon this means for the plot of Star Wars Episode VII?