Yahoo Movies is running a piece about how tight lipped Chiwetel Ejiofor is about Star Wars Episode VII. Assuming Lucasfilm/Bad Robot/Disney are telling actors they do not have the part, Chiwetel Ejiofor has not heard he’s out, apparently:
Who knows? We’ll just have to see. I don’t know is really the only answer I can give you.
I’m a huge fan of that world and JJ, but I don’t know. I can’t tell you.
I can’t really offer any guidance about Ejiofor as a person to make any assumptions about him. But I would think if he didn’t have the possibility of obtaining the part, he wouldn’t play his cards so close to his chest. Now, he could just be a man of extreme integrity that promised to keep everything private and that’s what he’s doing. But my sense is no one has been cast for the part Ejiofor is vying after.
With filming starting in a few months, I would think some casting choices will need to be made soon so people can keep their schedules free to participate. We’ll see!