Yesterday it was rumored that Miltos Yerolemou would be joining the Star Wars: Episode 7 cast for a minor role. While this has not been confirmed by Disney or Lucasfilm, it seems to be a very common trend around the internet as multiple sources are informing us of this news.
This would mark the second Game of Thrones addition to Episode 7 because it was announced in June that Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth in the show) is officially on the Star Wars roster.
For those of you who don't remember or haven't seen HBO's Game of Thrones, Yerolemou portrayed a "dancing" instructor, which is a fancy-pants term for a very skilled swordsman. He plays Syrio Forel in the first season of the show and instructs the young Arya Stark in the art of the Braavosi water dancing aspect of swordplay (which is a very fluid and graceful style of sword fighting).
In short, the guy knows how to swing a sword.
Since this news hasn't been confirmed by Lucasfilm, it's very difficult to make accurate assumptions on what his role is and why they requested him to be in Episode 7. Therefore, this will be pure speculation and hypothetical reasoning.
A problem with the lightsaber fights in the Prequel films was that they were so fast paced and energetic that audiences could see that it was a choreographed fight rather than a raw duel to the death. While they were fun to watch, they didn't seem as realistic as most other movie sword fights. Yerolemou and other swordsmen may be involved with the film to bring back the gritty, realistic aspect of a fight while keeping it visually stimulating.
The other part of my speculation involves the part Yerolemou will play in the film, which could very well be either an assassin or a Jedi instructor. Since Yerolemou possesses a high level of charisma and charm, I think it's safe to say that he would be playing a good guy, potentially a Jedi Master who instructs the protagonists in swordplay. However, he could very well use his charm in a negative fashion and portray a Sith assassin or some other kind of blade-wielding antagonist.
While I'm certain his role would be limited to a few lines and maybe 15 minutes of screen-time, he would definitely give a Sith or a Jedi a run for their money when it comes to a lightsaber duel.
"What do we say to the dark side of the Force? Not today."
By: Matthew Romeo
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