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Star Wars Episode VII production is fast approaching and new rumors have some big names in contention to star in the forthcoming blockbuster: Ryan Gosling and Zac Efron.

Obviously, rumors are rampant with production and casting details being kept under wraps, but we figured we’d share these tidbits anyway.

According to a report from Latino Review, J.J. Abrahms and his Star Wars team are looking at a few stars to join returning cast members.

According to the report, Ryan Gosling has been tapped to play the son of Luke Skywalker. As we said, this is a rumor with no confirmation from anyone from the Star Wars camp, but the 32-year-old star is around the right age to play Darth Vader’s grandson.

The report has Gosling auditioning for the role with the film’s producers over the last week.

Another star mentioned to have auditioned for an unspecified role is High School Musical star Zac Efron. The website speculated that Efron more than likely to audition one of Han Solo and Leia’s kids.

The report also named Leonardo DiCaprio as a star who was in talks, but had to decline to work on another big project. There was also speculation that DiCaprio is developing a project based on the sci-fi anime epic, Robotech, but lets just stick with Star Wars for now.

Disney, Abrahms, and the Episode VII team were noticeably absent from last weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con, but fear not, the D-23 expo is less than one month away.

We expect (or at least we hope) to hear at least a few details about the upcoming film. Once we hear anything close to a confirmation, we will bring it straight to you!

In the meantime, check out the latest Star Wars news right here on Hypable.

What do you think about the new casting rumors ?

  • Esmeblabbed

    I like both actors but it seems strange to me

  • Amy Williams

    No. . . Just No. . . .If either of those actors gets a role i think it would ruin the movie. They need unknown actors like the first trilogy.
    If Disney destroys Star Wars I will never forgive them. . . . .

    • Trent Taylor

      First trilogy? Hiring unknown actors was done with both trilogies, arguably with even fewer big name actors in the prequels. Liam Neeson is the only actor who comes to mind as being a star before the prequels, besides returning cast.

      • Thomas Sholan

        Hmmm. Let’s see, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Lee, and Liam Neeson alone were bigger names when they were cast in the prequels than anyone other than James Earl Jones in the original trilogy.

        • Trent Taylor

          Okay, that’s 3 for the prequels. OT had Harrison Ford, Peter Cushing and Alec Guinness. So Harrison Ford wasn’t terribly, crushingly well known at the time, but relative to the rest of the cast, he was pretty big. There may have been others, but I’m not sure of anyone else’s relative fame. I don’t know that James Earl Jones was terribly famous before Star Wars though. Neither trilogy used too many famous actors is what I’m saying. The question is, should the new movies follow suit, and only cast famous actors for roles like those?

          • Thomas Sholan

            True. Yeah I can agree with that. Most of the prequel cast became big after Star Wars, which again can be said for the prequels as well. And with that in mind I’d have to think it would make the most sense for them to follow suit and have the leads played by relatively unknown actors and sprinkle in a few famous actors through out in the supporting roles.

          • Adderall Addict

            Harrison Ford had done a bunch of ONE shot tv roles before the first SW movie came out in the 70s, and by year, he had done very few of them. He was, at best, a character actor at the time.

            So “pretty big?” Only if you consider say Ray Wise a big star – and he’s now been in a NUMBER of films, not just one.

            The two British actors were not really well known in the box office in the USA (or really world wide).

          • Trent Taylor

            I wouldn’t consider American Graffiti, Lawrence of Arabia or Dracula small films to be in.

          • Adderall Addict

            American Graffiti would be a fair point for Harrison Ford (and he’s really whom we are talking about here), except he was NOT a lead. Many actors appear in many films. Unless they have major or significant roles, that they were in a film is not going to expose them to an audience. Zac Efron has had no big hits (meaning something like Star Wars or Iron Man or the Lord of the Rings) – however, because of the impact of Disney on TV in the US and worldwide, his face is actually fairly well known. Ryan Gosling also has not had any big hits but he has a certain fame from The Notebook, the meme, etc., and a solid career (plus all the award talk). American Graffiti was successful domestically but not an international film.

            If you are going to argue, you should argue in a context form. If you showed photos of Cushing and Guiness to people who have never seen Star Wars (or showed it to anyone right before the film was released), they would have no clue who’s picture you were showing them. THAT was the point.

  • Ultron

    Wtf. No.

  • Luis D.

    Why don’t you just give the opportunity to others!?

  • ForFrodo

    GIVE US NEWBIES!!

  • Nick

    I really don’t like this. Star Wars doesn’t need big names. Cast someone relatively new like Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher were. Also, Ryan Gosling is way too old for Ben Skywalker and Zac Efron is too young for Jacen or Anakin Solo.

    • Josiah

      You’re right about the character ages in the current EU, but haven’t they said that they’re not taking the current canon into consideration?

  • Blake Udell
    • Adderall Addict

      Yeah, we could fill this site with these kinds of rumors!

  • Hannah

    Cast new people. We don’t need movie stars to sell the films. The name Star Wars can do that all by itself.

  • R

    I kind of want this to happen….

    • Laura Jurgensmeyer

      Me too. The more I think about it, the more I’d be okay with Ryan Gosling..

  • sarahd15

    Uh… Zac Efron looks too much like a pretty boy! And Han and Leia’s kids are suppose to be older than Luke’s son Ben, so this casting rumor doesn’t make sense. Find new people!! I can’t take Ryan Gosling seriously as a jedi, I recognize him in too many movies. I like his look though, so find someone who can look dashing and rugged if you want, but NOT Ryan Gosling himself.

    Jeez Disney, fresh blood please!

  • popoK

    I think there both fine actors but I agree with others. They should try hiring more unknown actors, especially with a series like Star Wars and what they did with the trilogy. But this is just a rumor so I am not to worried. Yet.

  • Petsnrocks

    I’m looking forward to Goslings 2 or 3 lines in the film. lol

  • Grammar Gorilla

    NO.

  • Trent Taylor

    Efron would be interesting. He’s said in the past that he’d love to be in Star Wars, so I wouldn’t be surprised.

  • Liliana Sa

    This just made me want to laugh!!!!

  • Crazy-Eight23

    God no!

  • Amy

    Oh heck no. Not them. No no no no no no no.

  • hutch

    Well he isnt actually the right age at all. When Luke is in his 70s his son is in his 20s. DO SOME RESEARCH! even if we dont consider Ben as of the EU, then a general fact about star wars is that everyone lives till they are like 120/150 (if not killed) so they should be casting someone far younger than 32. I mean for gods sake it takes like two minutes to find this stuff.

  • anime game

    They do plan on casting some women, right?

  • Violet

    I thought this movie was supposed to have a female lead!?!

  • Riana-Tiana Menezes
  • Kallah Jean Turner

    I couldn’t help but laugh at every name. No. Just no. I love all three actors but no. I… Just… I can’t. No.

  • guest

    “Of course Ryan Gosling and Zac Efron are going to be in the new Star Wars movie,” claimed a group of giggling12 year old girls. They followed this statement by adding, “Wait, what’s Star Wars again? Is that the one with with that Iron Man guy? Anyway, Justin Bieber should also be in it, and they should sing pop songs the whole time and comb their hair. That would be the best…movie…everrrrrrrr…”

    But seriously, folks…these rumors are complete BS. Which is forgivable…people always love to start up rumors during the production of a big franchise film. What irks me isn’t the fact that the rumor exists, but that people aren’t even trying very hard to make the rumors believable. Anyone who knows anything about this particular franchise knows that the Star Wars films are famous (perhaps infamous) for casting almost complete unknowns as the leads. No one knew who Mark Hamill or Harrison Ford were back in 1975 when production on the first Star Wars began, most people only knew Carrie Fisher as the daughter of Debbie Reynolds…the only big “get” of those first films was Alec Guinness as Obi-Wan. Same thing applied to the prequels…Natalie Portman was somewhat well-known, but Jake Lloyd, Hayden Christensen, Ray Park…all unknowns. The reason unknowns or more obscure actors are often cast in the SW films is because the producers DON’T want celebrity or “star power” to overshadow the story. It reminds me of the decades leading up to the first X-Men movie, when the project was constantly being started up and then shut back down again, and people were spreading rumors that the cast would consist of A-list actors; Mel Gibson would be Wolverine, Arnold Schwarzenegger would be Colossus, and so on. And then when X-Men was cast, pretty much the entire cast was unknown actors (except for Patrick Stewart). At the time, Halle Berry was not well-known, Hugh Jackson was not well known, Anna Paquin was not well-known…they became big because of X-Men; X-Men was not big because of them. The same has pretty much held true for Star Wars over the years.

    • guest

      Ahem, I meant Hugh Jackman, not Hugh Jackson…but Hugh Jackson is pretty cool, too.

  • sarahd15

    Rumors rumors are no fun. Please don’t spread them to anyone.

  • Josiah

    NOOOO NOT ZEFRON! HIS PICTURE IS A HORCRUX!

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