Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Saoirse: Star Wars would be fun

Saoirse Ronan said it was great fun auditioning for the next Star Wars film

Saoirse Ronan has confirmed she has auditioned for a role in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, revealing it was "fun" to play make-believe with lightsabers.

The Irish actress, who stars in Kevin Macdonald's drama How I Live Now, admitted that the audition was an unforgettable experience, even if she doesn't win the part.

"I have gone in to read for it, and so has everyone else. Anyone could get it. Just to pretend that you have a lightsaber in your hand is like, the most amazing thing," she said.

"I think it's the only time where I ever thought, 'You know what? Even if I don't get it, it's been so much fun to audition for something like this when it's Star Wars.' It would be so much fun (to get it). Imagine having a lightsaber and just holding one," she added.

Saoirse, who didn't reveal which part she tried out for, said she enjoyed the previous films, but confessed she would need to jog her memories of the Star Wars universe.

" I think I probably need to watch them again. My friend was addicted to them when he was younger - he had about six lightsabers in his hand at the one time," she continued.

Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill are expected to return in Episode VII, which will be directed by JJ Abrams, with Benedict Cumberbatch, Alex Pettyfer and Michael B Jordan also rumoured for roles.

The 19-year-old added: "It's so exciting they're remaking it and it's going to be with JJ, who is so fantastic. It'll be amazing."

Official casting announcements for Episode VII are expected this month, before production starts in January 2014. The film is scheduled to be released in 2015.

:: How I Live Now is in cinemas now.

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