We know from the ongoing Star Wars Episode VII auditions that Lucasfilm is currently casting for two lead roles: characters named Rachel and Thomas, though I suspect that those are codenames. Here are the character breakdowns:
Rachel (17-18 years old; beautiful, smart, and athletic) was quite young when she lost her parents. With no other family, she was forced to make her way alone in a tough, dangerous town. Now 17 she has become street smart and strong. She is able to take care of herself using humor and guts to get by.
Always a survivor, never a victim, she remains hopeful that she can move away from this harsh existence to a better life. She is always thinking of what she can do to move ahead.
Thomas (19-23; handsome, smart, and athletic) has grown up without a father's influence. Without the model of being a man, he doesn't have the strongest sense of himself. Despite this, he is smart, capable and shows courage when it is needed. He can appreciate the absurdities in life and understands you can't take life too seriously.
Though the breakdowns are probably not totally reflective of the actual characters, I think they give pretty reliable personality traits—and I think the Rachel description signals that the lead character in this trilogy will be a female heroine. She strikes me as the coming of age, Luke Skywalker type of character. This was recently a topic in our latest most recent showcase too.
Who do you think they are? Solo kids? Something else? Sound off below!
As I mention in the showcase, I still hope they're not Solo children. That being said, I would love to see them as a Brother/Sister. It would make sense, as they both lost parents. But honestly, I don't know.
If only one of them is a Skywalker or Solo, I'd actually guess it would be the other way around. Rachel's character breakdown really strikes me as the main character, and the episode films are about the Skywalker family. That main focus won't change, so I'd say it's a safe bet that she'd be a Skywalker or Solo.
It says that Rachel is an orphan, though. That would mean that Han and Leia (or Luke and his wife) are dead. I doubt that they would start the new trilogy by telling everyone, "The last trilogy's heroes died a long time ago, but here's the adventures of their daughter!" Thomas is said to have no father, but that could mean that Han (or Luke) wasn't there to raise him. That's just the way that I see it, of course. I could (and probably am) be wrong.
These kinds of character breakdowns almost never reflect the actual facts about the characters. They give basic personality traits in order to find the right kind of people, but the names and character info are usually fake for the purposes of the auditions.