Star Wars

LucasFilm have at long last revealed the principal cast of 'Star Wars: Episode VII', but according to fresh reports there's one more major role to be cast.

The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision blog says there is another substantial female role to be cast ahead of shooting - which begins in a matter of weeks.

Several sources believe the role to be that of Obi-Wan Kenobi's ancestor, a part previously linked to Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong'o and unknown British actress Maisie Richardson-Sellers.

Lupita Nyong'o
Lupita Nyong'o's screen debut in 12 Years a Slave earned an Oscar Reuters

The news makes sense given the lack of ladies in J.J. Abrams' line-up announced yesterday. Only returning star Carrie Fisher and newcomer Daisy Ridley were present in the cast list, which provoked some concern among fans.

As for Nyong'o and Richardson-Sellers, it's at least known that the former met with Abrams at some point earlier this year – likely meaning the part she was discussing is still in play after the substantial script re-writes which delayed the film until December 2015.

The original cast of Fisher, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill will be joined by newcomers John Boyega, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis and Max von Sydow.

Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker and Anthony Daniels also return as Chewbacca, R2-D2 and C-3PO.

Star Wars: Episode VII will be out on 18 December 2015.