LOS ANGELES—After auditioning more than 80 adult actors and actress over three days, AVN Director of the Year Axel Braun has announced his casting choices for the biggest project of his career, Star Wars XXX: A Porn Parody, headed up by 2011 AVN Best New Starlet nominee Allie Haze in the coveted role of Princess Leia.
Cast in the remaining lead roles are: Michael Vegas as Luke Skywalker, Rocco Reed as Han Solo, Alec Knight as Chewbacca, 2011 AVN Best Actor Tom Byron as Obi-Wan Kenobi, and the previously-announced Lexington Steele as Darth Vader.
"Casting this film was not an easy process," Braun said. "The turnout was phenomenal, and everybody came incredibly well prepared. In the end, we had to choose the best of the best, and the result is an amazing cast."
Braun was especially wowed by Haze, and said he believes this turn will be a "career making role" for the 24-year-old enchantress.
"The moment I saw Allie Haze I realized she is destined to be the next big porn star," Braun said. "She is stunningly beautiful, very professional and a hell of a performer who clearly loves sex. Star Wars fans are going to be very happy with her as Leia."
As for Byron, Braun noted that the porn legend "made everybody in the room understand why he's still winning awards after 30 years in the industry. Tommy is just an amazingly talented actor, and his commitment to the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi is such that he started growing a full beard and turned down work that required him to shave, even though we're still a month away from shooting."
Rocco Reed, meanwhile, Braun described as "a rarity in this business: he's got the looks of a GQ model, an infectious enthusiasm and plenty of ambition. He's capable of listening and eager to learn every aspect of the filmmaking process. I can see him going straight to the top in the next few years."
And Michael Vegas, it turns out, originally had other ideas for himself than playing the main character. "Michael actually came to read for Han Solo, fully dressed in a replica of Harrison Ford's costume," Braun revealed. "But as soon as he walked in I realized he could have made a great Luke. His screen test was hilarious, as was Alec Knight's impression of Chewbacca. And yes, Chewy will have sex!"
Production on Star Wars XXX: A Porn Parody begins April 18, with a planned 14-day shooting schedule in various California locations. The movie is being produced by Axel Braun Productions and will be distributed by Vivid Entertainment.