Rumor: Ryan Gosling and Zac Efron Eyed for STAR WARS: EPISODE VII?

     July 24, 2013


As the proposed early 2014 production start-date on Star Wars: Episode VII looms closer, director J.J. Abrams is going to have to start letting some minor details about the film slip.  Actors’ schedules will need to be booked, which means that casting announcements are likely to be coming out of Disney/Lucasfilm very soon.  Many expect some casting to be officially unveiled at this weekend’s Star Wars Celebration in Germany, and we can expect at least something to be announced at the event.  However, some news may or may not have jumped the gun, as a new casting rumor has surfaced online claiming that a couple of very recognizable names are being eyed to join the film: Ryan Gosling and Zac Efron.  Hit the jump for more.

star-wars-a-new-hope-posterBefore we proceed, it is very important to keep in mind that this is a rumor.  There has been no confirmation whatsoever out of Disney or Lucasfilm, so don’t start crying foul just yet.  That being said, the folks over at Latino Review are hearing that Ryan Gosling and Zac Efron are being eyed for roles in Star Wars: Episode VII.  Gosling is apparently up for the role of Luke Skywalker’s son since the story takes place 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi, but LR doesn’t know which role Efron is up for.  The report also states that Leonardo DiCaprio met for another role earlier on, but he’s no longer involved with the project.

I find it a little surprising that such well-known names are being bandied about for Episode VII, which is why I don’t completely buy this rumor just yet.  The Star Wars name sells itself, so Lucasfilm is more likely to go with either complete unknowns or young talent on the cusp of stardom—think something along the lines of Dane DeHaan or Andrew Garfield pre-Spider-Man.  At this point, though, it’s anyone’s guess, so yes Gosling and/or Efron could certainly be possibilities, and they fit this casting breakdown for the film.

Again, none of this is confirmed, so it’s best to reserve all anger/frustration/elation until some sort of official casting announcement surfaces, which in all likelihood will be this weekend.  There had been rumors swirling earlier this week that Abrams was considering dropping out of the project altogether, but those were quickly squashed by an official statement from Lucasfilm.  Star Wars: Episode VII is expected to be released sometime in 2015.

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  • Farrell

    This guy must have a short memory…Liam Neeson, Ewan Mcgregor, Natalie Portman, Sam Jackson…

    • Bob

      Yea I was thinking the same haha, also Terence Stamp and Christopher Lee.

    • Harry

      Adam doesn’t have a short memory. Neeson was in some movies before Phantom Menace but Schindler’s List wasn’t exactly the phenomenon blockbuster in ’93. If you really think Ewan McGregor and Natalie Portman were as popular as Ryan Gosling pre-Phantom Menace then that’s where I disagree. Star Wars helped Portman’s name get out there, and McGregor’s too (I just don’t see Trainspotting with its 16 million in 96 shooting Ewan to superstardom). Samuel L. Jackson wasn’t as famous in the 90′s. He had Pulp Fiction but besides cinephiles I’m sure not too many people knew him by name. The new millennium really helped Jackson get famous (and Star Wars).

      • Farrell

        Schindler was a depressing b&w holocaust drama that made $321M (in 1993 dollars)…unheard of for that type of film. It was a phenom. Neeson was a very well known star after that. Pulp Fiction had made Sam Jackson an icon. And Portman was a hot rising young star…same with Mcgregor. Gosling hasn’t made a single blockbuster film…his biggest film was Gangster Squad and it tanked. He is about as known as the others were at the time.

      • Harry

        This is not a joke, but Ryan Gosling was in The Notebook, a film that almost every girl in the United States has seen and forced there boyfriends or significant others to watch. Also, with the Internet now looking people up by name has become a lot easier. Almost everyone knows Ryan Gosling by name. Hell, to this day Ewan McGregor’s name isn’t as big as Gosling’s to the casual moviegoer. Why would it have been big in the late 90′s pre Star Wars? His films that made virtually nothing besides Trainspotting which only made 16 million? Same with Portman, she was on the rise but she wasn’t known all around until Star Wars.
        I want Dane Dehaan in Star Wars, but I’m not going to act like Dehaan is some household name like Ryan Gosling. You’re underestimating the female demographic and how big Gosling is. It’s what made Leonardo DiCaprio a star.
        Liam Neeson wasn’t even popular to casual moviegoers until Taken. Then everyone knew his name.

      • Farrell

        The internet was in full use in the late 90s. And entertainment news shows like Entertainment tonight were on TV. They were all very well known actors at the time. This simply cannot be disputed…landing them in Star Wars was a big deal at the time…all the entertainment TV shows and net sites were ablaze about it. I remember that very well.

      • Harry

        The Internet was around, but it wasn’t as common in use. So many people have computers, laptops, and smartphones and tablets they look up everything on the spot.
        I’m not saying they were no named actors or anything, I was just meaning they weren’t exactly huge household names. Gosling is a household name, he’s made a diverse list of films that have given him big recognition among guys and girls. McGregor and Portman’s names were made through Star Wars. I won’t include Neeson and Jackson because you’re right, I underestimated Schindler’s and Pulp Fiction’s impact. McGregor and Portman though can thank Star Wars for their other opportunities.

      • Farrell

        Well now you’re simply arguing semantics, but whatever.

      • Sean Chandler

        Neeson was a respected, award winning actor. But he wasn’t an A-lister. He was also in his late 40′s. It wasn’t unknown, but he also wasn’t someone the media (and public) are obsessed with. Certainly people under the age of 16 weren’t talking about Liam Neeson at the time.

        Portman and McGregor’s mainstream success came from Star Wars. Ewan was more established because of Trainspotting, but Portman had a very slim resume. Comparing McGregor and Portman pre-Phantom to Gosling and Efron right now is very dubious. Pre-Phantom they were not household names by any stretch of the imagination.

      • MITIOR

        I agree with you sir

    • greg hard

      those are supporting roles.

  • Bob

    Great casting additions if they do come true. Efron is underrated imo, he’s a good young actor. He has shown that he does have a presence and range in films such as Me and Orson Wells, The Paperboy, 17 Again, and Charlie St. Cloud. Sure some of those films sucked overall but he did his best and made them infinitely better than they had any right to be.

  • tarek

    Ryan gosling will bring sadness to the Force, and Zak Efron dumbness.

    Where’s Rihanna? We need her as a slave singer for jabba’s son.

  • Josh

    I know a lot of people will be seriously angry is Efron is cast in Star Wars. A lot of people just see him as a talentless disney pretty boy. I personally think he’s a bit underrated as an actor and wouldn’t mind seeing him in this. As for Ryan Gosling, I really hope it’s true because that would just be awesomeeeeee!!

  • JettHett

    Gosling would be awesome, and the guy who played his son on Place Beyond The Pines would be perfect.

    • Becca

      Dane Dehaan is his name and I agree, he’d be perfect.

      • JettHett

        Thaaat’s the guy!! Now if he doesn’t get cast I’ll be upset. I hope he screentests at least, we deserve way better than Efron.

      • MIXTER

        Dane Dehane, if Emperor Palpatine ever had younger clones of himself, that guy would be perfect. (think that happened in some of the novels.)

    • The Driver

      Ryan Gosling won’t do it, he doesn’t do these types of movies. It would have to be a mighty damn good script for him to say yes but t won’t happen.

      • Bob

        He was in Gangster Squad.

  • Ricky Donaldson

    Way to dodge around the project that DiCaprio apparently left Ep. VII for, which is a ROBOTECH movie.

    • RedIXDevil

      ROBOTEEEEEECCCCH. Just Awesome.

  • Julio

    If only we had Dane Deehan 11 years ago, he would’ve made the perfect Anakin. I’m all in for him, Gosling, Gordon-Levitt or Fassbender in VII though.

    • nom79

      Fassbender as a villian…..make that happen!

      • MIXTER

        Thrawn! (Tom Hiddleston or cumberbatch or Gabriel Byrn would also be a good Thrawn.

      • Strong Enough

        john noble

    • Han Solo

      DeHaan could also play Ben Skywalker, he looks like a young Mark Hamill.

  • Yurine

    I think i would get distracted from all the pretty on screen to focus on the story.

    • Sweet Pea

      You’re either very easily distracted, or need to get laid… No offence.

  • Julio

    Dane DeeHan as Luke’s son and Rooney Mara as Leia’s daughter, BOOM you’re welcome.

    • marayan

      I just peed with excitement. Perfect.

    • MIXTER

      Dane dehaan as young palpatine clone, Jennifer Lawrence as solo/leia daughter. Hit girl and pacific rim guy as lukes kids.

      • Daniel O’Reilly

        Charlie Hunnam is actually note a bad choice.

    • Strong Enough

      NO MARA!

  • Arnold

    T.J Brumfield: Ryan Philippe is a big star?

    Efron really? What groundbreaking work as he done? Also Gosling what is he going to that mild Brooklyn autistic thing he’s been doing since Drive?

    Aaron Johnson, Daniel Radcliffe(instead of efron)? Anyone?

    • Sweet Pea

      F*** off with Daniel Radcliffe. He’s a sh*t actor and a massive knob.

      Sounds like you’re jealous of Efron & Gosling to me. Just saying.

      • Agent777

        F*** off with Ryan Gosling. He’s a sh*t actor and a massive knob.

      • Sweet Pea

        I like your style.

      • Dede

        Not jealous just not a fan, are you jealous of Daniel Radcliffe?

        At least i’m thinking outside of the box, who do you want for the woman part Emma Stone? Jennifer Lawrence?

      • Sweet Pea

        You call that thinking outside the box?? You’re so inside the box that you might as well be the box that you’re claiming to think outside of.

        With regards to female parts, I would really like to see Gabourey Sidibe play the Jedi granddaughter of Samuel L. Jackson’s character from Episodes I-III.

      • Dede

        Yes gosling is new and out of the box


  • Matt

    Efron, perhaps, but not a chance for Gosling. Anyone who pays attention to the film world knows the guy isn’t interested in roles like this. Saw him mentioned for Batman the other day as well. Just stupid.

    I expect he’s due for another mainstream pleasing role again (as Gangster Squad sputtered and it’ll be pushing on 3 years from Crazy, Stupid, Love the next time he’ll have a film ready for release).

    • Farrell

      Ewan Mcgregor and Liam Neeson would like a word with you

      • Matt

        I don’t see your point. I didn’t say big time actors wouldn’t do Star Wars, I said Gosling specifically.

        If Fassbender weren’t filling his schedule with crowd-pleasing films I’d feel his intensity could do well in the Star Wars world. I expect between Assassins Creed, X-Men, and any potential Prometheus sequel he’s pretty well chalk full of tentpole pictures.

      • Sweet Pea

        Samuel L. Jackson and Natalie Portman would like a word with you.

  • ThatOneGuyFromThatThing

    I don’t trust it. Latino Review was on a role with their breaking stories, but this year has been a bad year from their big tips, so I’m rooting for it but don’t be surprised if it’s wrong.

  • nriiaijs

    i highly doubt this is true

  • Person

    Efron MIGHT be true but there’s no way Gosling is, I can’t even imagine him being interested in something as big as this. Would rather they cast no-name fresh faces instead of stars but I’m keeping my expectations for these new Star Wars movies low anyway.

    • nriiaijs

      i agree i would rather up and coming actors and i doubt JJ would cast really known/popular ppl like Gosling/Efron but at the same time Disney has a say in who will be in it

      • Person

        True, these are both familiar faces to Disney so they prolly wanna work with people they know and also can bring in the bucks, as if the Star Wars name won’t do that already. I dunno, like I said in a comment on another article, I’m ambivalent about this new trilogy/spinoffs because Lucas won’t be directly involved. These are gonna dilute the franchise. I love Star Wars but there’s too much of a good thing, and Disney’s gonna make sure we learn that the hard way.

      • nriiaijs

        yeah but lucas was involved with the last three and those weren’t so great… but i know what you mean he should have never sold the rights and just let the franchise be

    • Farrell

      You coulda said the same thing about Ewan Mcgregor…

      • Sweet Pea

        and Hayden Christensen…

  • LEM

    I thought the point was to make these more like the originals. they should seek out unknown actors not marquee names.

    • MIXTER

      trouble is, in this day n age, that doesnt always work out. Experience means a lot. look at hayden christensen. even in the originals, the only great actors were Alec Guinness, James Earl Jones, Ian Mcdiarmid and Peter Cushing. They held it together, but the others were servicable but that worked out great. in a charming way. But charming doesnt work with todays audiences.

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  • Bob

    Idris Elba as a Jedi would be amazing…I don’t know who he would play but come on, it would be awesome.

    I still want Chloe Grace Moretz as well. Can you imagine her with a lightsaber? Or two lightsabers? Or a double bladed lightsaber? Badass……

    Jenifer Lawrence like many suggest would also be a nice addition to the SW universe as many people have noted.

    Dane Dehaan would also be great as many have noted.

    I would be fine with Gosling(more than fine with this, I would be extremely happy), and Efron joined the SW universe. Gosling is great, and Efron is not a bad actor, in most movies he’s in he actually show’s an impressive presence on screen. People just still think of him as High School musical kid sometimes. But if you watch other movies he’s in like Me and Orson Wells, 17 Again(the movie sucks but he’s great), Charlie St. Cloud(once again movie sucks but he’s great) you’ll see he’s not a bad actor by any means.

    • lee

      Those actors’ previous roles may be distracting but they would all be great. I agree with others on Fassbender and Hiddleston. And I want to see Christoph Waltz, Karl Urban and Lee Pace in everything.

      Many people are saying Gosling wouldn’t do this but the guy did Young Hercules (yeah, I’ve been a fan that long). And he has stated that he has plenty of respect for actors who do superhero/scifi projects. I don’t trust casting news until contracts are signed but I’d love to see him in this universe. I’ve only seen Efron in 17 Again and he wasn’t as bad as I expected so I’ll hold judgement on him.

    • Leonardo Spanky

      Jennifer Lawrence’s name being thrown around at every project these days reminds me of the Julia Roberts joke in ‘The Player’.

    • Mc hammer

      Fuck yeah Chloe moretz all the way!!! We should sign a petition to cast her in the movie!

  • twojawas

    Zac might be playing Han and Leia’s daughter?

    • Sweet Pea

      Yeah, and I heard they’ve asked your mum to play Jabba’s son?

  • star wars dead

    jj abrahms and disney can go to hell! you both dumb shits and dead!

    • nriiaijs

      hey don’t blame them, JJ Abrams is an amazing director and Disney is in the money making buisness, george lucas sold the rights knowing damn well he was selling his soul

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  • bidi

    yeah there’s no way in hell Gosling will do this. i’m not even sure i’d want him to either. don’t get me wrong, i love the guy, but i don’t want him doing his Marlon Brando impression while using jedi mind tricks on people. just won’t fit. that’s the same reason i can’t see him as Batman, like some other people have mentioned

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  • belovedwarlord

    So not only are they boringly connecting these films to the previous ones instead of exploring the massive universe and other times available, they are picking names over finding unknowns or lesser known actors.

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  • Scorpio

    Are – you – F*ng kidding me? Harrison Ford to Zac Efron/Gosling… Bloody hell…

  • Tom

    Gosling – YES, Efron –

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    “Lucasfilm is more likely to go with either completeunknowns or young talent on the cusp of stardom”
    This was certainly the case for the prequels unde LucasFilm, but Disney is used to cast big names for their pictures. Jhonny Depp anyone? so this maybe one of the few changes that we’ll see under the Disney admin.


    They better cast someone as beautiful as Natalie Portman for these movies, and they better find away to rip her clothes off as in Attack of the Clones haha

    • Hamster

      Well they can cast Jennifer Lawrence as a older Jedi and Chloe moretz and hailee stienfield as the kids. Come on please make this happen!!!

      • MITIOR

        All good choices, not too sure about HAilee, she hasn’t won me yet.
        Jenniffer Lawrence would be so good,she’s gorgeous plus she would be very funny on the interviews haha

  • Merlin235

    Efron isn’t as bad as Justin Bieber. It’s not the same thing. I’m not a huge fan of his, but the decision to cast him could be worse.

  • Neven

    Gosling is actually kinda awesome actor and I would enjoy seeing him in Ep. 7. Effron… not so much.

  • -

    I don’t think Gosling would go for such a massive franchise as this. At least I hope he doesn’t, seeing as these films probably won’t be any good.

  • MEY


    No Gosling, no Efron!


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  • RedIXDevil

    Zac Efron is a seriously underrated actor, and I for one – whilst not being psyched about it – would not begrudge him the role, he is a much better actor than Christiansen, and I thought he did quite well considering the pressure he was under to deliver. As for Gosling..another very very good actor, but his voice is pissing annoying. Two actors that need something BIG to prove their worth and their skill sets, and this is the perfect opportunity.

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