Earlier this year we heard a lot of casting rumors about the forthcoming sequel film to the Star Wars franchise when we learned that the original Star Wars Trio (Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford) will appear in Episode VII and today we are hearing new casting rumors. Apparently, both Ryan Gosling and Zac Efron are RUMORED for the new Star Wars movie … which is exciting and terrifying all at once. As I understand it, most of the roles in the new Star Wars movie will be played by newcomers … but invariably there will be known actors cast in the movie. Will Ryan and Zac be among the famous faces that we already know taking up roles A Long Time Ago In A Galaxy Far, Far Away?
J.J. Abrams‘ Star Wars Episode VII starts filming in a few months and the Lucasfilm, Bad Robot and Disney teams have been hard at work trying to put together a cast. The general assumption is many of the roles will go to unknowns, with a few choice roles going to established stars. Two names have now been revealed as possibly being up for roles in the highly anticipated film. Those names are Ryan Gosling and Zac Efron. As is the case with anything Star Wars, this should be taken as rumor but it’s extremely interesting none the less. Latino Review is the site reporting the news. According to the site, they don’t know what role Zac Efron went into audition for, but they heard Gosling went in to play Luke Skywalker’s son. That’s a major new wrinkle as, in Star Wars lore, Han Solo and Princess Leia were the ones with the important kids. It’s a clue screenwriter Michael Arndt could be trying something very different with his take on the story. (Also of note, both actors can loosely fit into several of the confirmed casting breakdowns for the seven leads.) Another interesting rumor in the Latino Review story is Leonardo DiCaprio took a meeting about the film, but passed, to pursue Robotech … There’s a good chance we’ll hear some news about Star Wars Episode VII this weekend when Star Wars Celebration takes place in Germany. Will Zac Efron or Ryan Gosling take the stage? Who knows. But casting is closer than ever.
Gahhh! I want to believe … I want to believe that this new Star Wars film franchise will be amazing … but I’m scared, y’all. I love Ryan Gosling … and I don’t mind Zac Efron (IMHO he’s better seen than heard) but … they could either be really great additions to the film or they could be part of the reason why it may fail miserably. I have to admit, I was never crazy about Hayden Christensen‘s performance as Anakin Skywalker in Episodes II and III so I’m getting a bit nervous about all these casting rumors but … I WANT TO BELIEVE. If one or both of these guys get roles in the movie, it’s very unlikely they’ll get any shirtless scenes so … I had to use these photos for this post. Even if nothing comes from this casting rumor news, at least we get to imagine what these hunks might look like as they wield lightsabers in the Star Wars universe.
But … getting back to the matter at hand … what do y’all think? Do we like the idea of Ryan Gosling and/or Zac Efron playing Star Wars characters?