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Jedi News Claims David Oyelowo Has Been Cast In Episode VII -- And Star Wars Rebels

Posted by Eric on September 23, 2013 at 05:57 PM CST

You've seen the name David Oyelowo twice on TheForce.Net. The first time was on Friday, when we shared word that he had auditioned for an "unknown role" in Star Wars Episode VII. The second time was earlier today, as part of a story about Oyelowo and four other actors joining the casting process for Star Wars Rebels.

Now, as part of what they're calling "BIG EPISODE VII NEWS!", Jedi News is reporting that their source, "Jedi Master SQL," has "confirmed the first signed and sealed casting" of Oyelowo. But here's the kicker: He'll be in both Episode VII and Rebels, thus seemingly verifying both of the earlier rumors bearing his name.

Oyelowo, an English actor who has been on stage, on TV, and on the big screen, recently appeared in Lee Daniels' The Butler. He was also in Lincoln and George Lucas' Red Tails.

"[T]he plan is for him to also be in Rebels playing a character that sets up his Episode VII character!" JN's source wrote. The source also called this synergy "part of the major EpVII co-ordinated push being pulled together by Simon Kinberg and the first major sign that Rebels will be the vehicle to setup the masses for EpVII fever!!"

We've reached out to Lucasfilm and will update this post if we hear back.

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