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The Latest Episode VII Casting Rumors Center On David Oyelowo And Michael B. Jordan

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David Oyelowo & Michael B. JordanRecently, we’ve seen a heavy flood of Star Wars casting rumors. Benedict Cumberbatch, Saoirse Ronan, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Rachel Hurd-Wood, and Alex Pettyfer have all been linked to unspecified roles in the upcoming Episode VII. The countdown to the January 2014 start of production in London continues, and still nothing has been confirmed by Disney and Lucasfilm, but we have two new names to add to the mass of possible casting.

At the center of these latest Star Wars rumors, as usual, is Latino Review, who now reports that David Oyelowo and Michael B. Jordan are taking meetings with director J.J. Abrams. While it’s unclear if they’re up for the same role, it’s believed that one of them might play the son of Lando Calrissian. Does this mean Billy Dee Williams would be in the new film too?

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Star Wars Rumors Double Down On Saoirse Ronan And Benedict Cumberbatch’s Episode VII Involvement

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Saoirse Ronan

With Star Wars: Episode VII rumored to start production in January 2014, it’s only a matter of time before we start hearing who will be appearing in the film’s main cast. Although Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher are almost locks to appear in the new film, it’s doubtful the story will revolve around them for three movies. It’s no secret that Disney and Lucasfilm are looking at fresh, up-and-coming actors to fill the roles in Episode VII — George Lucas said the sequel trilogy would be for a new generation of fans — but who will be the new faces of Star Wars?

According to Latino Review’s inside sources, Irish American actor Saoirse Ronan is indeed in talks to star in Star Wars: Episode VII, as first rumored last month. While they didn’t specify which character Ronan would play in the new film, there is speculation that she would either play a female villain or Han Solo and Princess Leia’s daughter.

Ronan turned down a role in The Avengers: Age of Ultron as Wanda Maximoff, aka The Scarlet Witch, but she’d be able to stay under the Disney umbrella if she landed the Episode VII role, going from Marvel to Lucasfilm. She recently appeared in the dreadful film adaptation of Stephanie Meyer’s The Host for director Andrew Niccol. While the film was one of the worst of 2013, she gave a wonderful performance as the dual role of the alien-human hybrid Melanie Stryde/Wanderer (Wanda). Ronan was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role as the 13-year-old Briony Tallis in Joe Wright’s Atonement in 2007. She would be perfect for a Star Wars movie.

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Jonathan Rhys Meyers Denies Those Star Wars: Episode VII Rumors

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Jonathan Rhys MeyersWhile it’s been quiet on the Star Wars: Episode VII front lately, actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers wants to dispel any rumors that he will appear in the much-anticipated new movie. Rhys Meyers co-starred in Abrams’ feature directorial debut, 2006’s Mission: Impossible III, so it would seem fitting that the 36-year-old actor might re-team with his director. But alas, he says the rumors are simply that.

“I don’t believe rumors,” said the Irish actor and model when Entertainment Weekly asked about the possible collaboration with Abrams. Jonathan Rhys Meyers is not usually in big summer blockbusters, so it would take a lot for him to join the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. In fact, the only blockbuster he has starred in was the aforementioned Mission: Impossible III. You’d think if anyone could lure him into a summer tent-pole situation, it would be J.J. Abrams.

Back in May, Latino Review was reporting a rumor that Disney and Lucasfilm were looking at Jonathan Rhys Meyers for a possible role in the new Star Wars film. While the news outlet didn’t specify who Meyers might play in Episode VII, Meyers himself points out the fact that the always seems to play the villain in movies. “I play bad guys because I look like one,” he says. “There’s something in my physicality that’s quite intense and lends me to being feral. I mean, I’d love to be this lovely relaxed guy doing rom-coms, but I just don’t get those types of offers. I suppose I’m forever sort of the antihero.”

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J.J. Abrams Confirms He Will Not Direct Star Trek 3

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AbramsSince taking the reigns of Star Wars: Episode VII, it has seemed very unlikely, if not impossible, that J.J. Abrams would have time to also helm Star Trek 3 as well. Now, after a lot of hemming and hawing, he has finally confirmed that. That’s good news for Trek-loving Abrams haters, but the Star Wars-loving Abrams haters are still stuck with him for at least one movie.

Abrams broke the news that seemed inevitable to Collider while promoting the Blu-ray/DVD release of Star Trek Into Darkness. The general consensus was that there was no way Abrams would be able to direct both projects, especially since Episode VII is effectively launching a new era in Star Wars history, courtesy of the Disney buyout and their ambitious plans for the franchise. Asked about how he felt about passing the director’s chair to someone else, Abrams replied:

It’s a little bittersweet. But, I will say that I’m going to be producing the movie. Whomever it is that directs the film will be someone we all know is going to keep the cast and crew in good hands. I feel very lucky to have been part of it, and it definitely feels like the right time to let someone come in and do their own thing. I certainly don’t want someone to come in and try to do what I would have done. We want to hire someone who’s gonna come in and bring their own sensibility. I’m very excited to see what comes next, despite feeling jealous of whomever that person is.

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Benedict Cumberbatch Plays Coy About Star Wars Casting Rumors, Plus A Possible Episode VII Title Revealed

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star wars episode VIIAccording to rumors, Star Wars: Episode VII will go into production in January 2014 in London, England. There are only a few months until this alleged start date, and the big question is who will be the new faces of the Star Wars franchise?

One of the bigger Ep VII casting rumors so far is that Benedict Cumberbatch will play an unconfirmed role in the film, possibly as a Sith lord. Cumberbatch still refutes those claims, although they would certainly make sense after his teaming with J.J> Abrams on Star Trek Into Darkness. Cumberbatch told The Telegraph that there’s nothing to the rumors:

‘Of course I’d love to do Star Wars and work with JJ Abrams again because we had such a good time on Star Trek,’ he says. ‘But nobody has been cast and there are no offers out to anyone apart from the regulars who are returning. So that’s that rumour quashed.’ Then he adds with a grin: ‘We’ll have to wait and see.’

We will wait and see, indeed, Mr. Cumberbatch.

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Benedict Cumberbatch Denies Star Wars: Episode VII Rumors

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Darth Harrison“Shall we begin?” A few days ago, rumors began to swirl that Benedict Cumberbatch would re-team with his Star Trek Into Darkness director for Star Wars: Episode VII. While it’s unclear if he would be a Jedi or Sith Lord, Cumberbatch is firmly denying his involvement with the project. Then again, hadn’t he also denied that he was playing Khan…

According to his representatives, the 37-year-old actor is not going to be in Episode VII. “There is no truth to the rumor Benedict has been cast in Star Wars,” a spokesperson told the NY Daily News. “I think the rumors are circling because JJ and Benedict have just recently had a wonderful time working together on Star Trek.”

Benedict Cumberbatch recently dropped out of Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak, which led many to suspect he bailed on del Toro’s film for so he could work with J.J. Abrams again. Maybe there was some truth to the rumor, considering Cumberbatch’s love for Star Wars and his recent work as the villain Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness. Also, Star Wars is scheduled to start production in January 2014 in London, England…Cumberbatch’s hometown.