Star Wars 7: Saoirse Ronan auditioned for Jedi role

Saoirse Ronan talks wielding a lightsaber in the Star Wars: Episode VII audition

Han Solo's daughter as she appears in the Star Wars Expanded Universe
Han Solo’s daughter as she appears in the Star Wars Expanded Universe

Speaking a little about her Star Wars: Episode VII audition on the Empire podcast, Byzantium and How I Live Now star Saoirse Ronan revealed a few details about her audition, adding credence to the rumours that she’s being considered for the role of Han Solo and Princess Leia’s offspring – in the Expanded Universe books the Force-sensitive Jaina Solo.

“Yeah, I did,” Ronan confirmed of the audition. “I don’t know whether I should have said that now! I mean, everyone did. Everyone has auditioned for it. So many people I know have gone in for the part I’ve gone in for, and guys who’ve gone in for a particular part, so I’d imagine JJ is probably just scanning the Earth to find the people that he needs.

“But nobody has a clue what it’s about, and nobody’s read the script. So I’ve gone in and read for it, but I have to say, I think it’s the only time I’ve ever thought, ‘You know what? Even if I don’t get it, I had so much fun auditioning, pretending to take out a lightsaber – out of a bag, kind of inspect it and not know what it is. That was… that was great. A lightsaber! Star Wars!”

Star Wars: Episode VII is due in cinemas Summer 2015. You can buy Star Wars: The Complete Saga for £57.99 on Blu-ray from Amazon.co.uk.