A couple weeks ago we revealed that Star Wars: Episode IX, which is scheduled to begin production this July, was looking to cast a character going by the name “MARA.” This of course led to speculation that the character COULD be Mara Jade, a popular character from the old Star Wars Expanded Universe. Now we have details on another new lead female lead for the film.
Casting director Nina Gold is on the hunt for an “ethnic female”, with a strong preference for an African-American, 18-26 years old, to portray a character by the name of Caro. Caro is described as having a “captivating naturalness and ease to her manner.” Caro is a “leader and problem solver, smart with a great sense of humor and a strong will. All this comes to her effortlessly. ”
The description we were given for Caro is an interesting one. We’re certainly getting a charismatic character and one whose characteristics could serve her well as either a potential Jedi or as one of the next generation of leaders who were sparked by the heroic stand of the Resistance. With filming set to begin just over two and a half months from now, we should start to hear about casting for this role, the other two leads (including “Mara”) and additional casting before too long.
Star Wars: Episode IX will be directed by JJ Abrams and based on a script from Abrams and Chris Terrio. It is expected in theaters December 20, 2019.