Although many of the stars of the original Star Wars trilogy have signed on to appear in the latest trilogy to take place in the universe, Lost star Dominic Monaghan has claimed that director J.J. Abrams, who took over from George Lucas last year, is attempting to build a cast comprised almost entirely of lesser-known stars.
Although that might sound a little out of the ordinary for a series as well-known as Star Wars, the importance of the franchise itself over the actors in it hasn't been lost on Abrams, as Monaghan outlined in an interview with DweebCast when asked if he'd been approached to star.
We’ve talked a few times about it and he said “We’re putting together a cast of unknowns – we want to follow the ’77 ‘New Hope’ cast because obviously Harrison Ford wasn’t well known at that point, Mark Hamill wasn’t and Carrie Fisher wasn’t either.
What he said was, we don’t want to fall into that mistake of people going “Oh it’s that guy from that thing!” and then you’re completely out of the ‘Star Wars’ universe.
J.J. Abrams is known for maintaining a high level of secrecy around his productions, so it's unlikely that we'll know the official lineup until he decides it's time to let the cat out of the bag, so we could be in for a long wait before things are finalized ahead of the first movie's 2016 release date.