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Game of Thrones Swordsman Joins Star Wars Episode VII

Miltos Yerolemou

If you’re good with a sword and appeared on Game of Thrones, apparently there’s a fair shot you can end up in a galaxy far, far away. Months after Thrones star Gwendoline Christie joined the cast of J.J. AbramsStar Wars Episode VII, she’s now joined by another cast member. Miltos Yerolemou, who played Syrio Forel, the season one swordsman mentor to Arya Stark, has reportedly joined the film in an unknown role. Read more about the Miltos Yerolemou Star Wars 7 news below.

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The BBC broke the news of the late addition to casting, but Lucasfilm declined to comment.


Considering Yerolemou is a accomplished swordsman, everyone is assuming he’ll play a character that wields a lightsaber in the highly anticipated sequel. However, that’s not a guarantee. We all assume Andy Serkis is playing someone created in performance capture, too, but no one knows for sure. (Same goes for Daisy Ridley as a Solo and Lupita Nyong’o as a Sith. All assumptions.)

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miltos-yerolemou teachingThe BBC report does say, however, that “his character in Star Wars is not thought to be a major one.” That, too, is a safe assumption considering the film has been shooting for some time now and recently started back up after a brief hiatus. If he was important in this film, he’d likely have been on set already. Still, a minor role in Episode VII doesn’t mean a minor role in Star Wars moving ahead. Among the Star Wars rumors most people take to be true are that minor characters in Episode VII will be major characters in Episodes VIII and even IX. Plus, just because we’re hearing about the casting now doesn’t mean it just happened.

Again though, the safest bet here is that Yerolemou plays some kind of bad guy who uses a lightsaber or possibly some other kind of long weapon. Maybe we see his face, maybe we don’t, but we do know it would be difficult for any actor to turn down any role in what’s one of the most secretive and anticipated films of all time.

Star Wars Episode VII open December 18, 2015

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