The talk at Comic-Con when it came to the upcoming Star Wars film seemed to center around an unfounded rumor that J.J. Abrams was planning on leaving the project. But while it turns out that rumor was likely started by some fat guy dressed up in a Princess Liea costume, a real rumor surrounds the possibility of Ryan Gosling or Zac Efron being cast as Luke Skywalker’s son.
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According to ScreenCrush and the Latino Review, both Gosling and Efron are being considered for roles in the next film and should either be cast, they’d be taking on a leading role in the new trilogy.
Though ‘Star Wars: Episode 7‘ may have sat out Comic-Con, now that it’s a Disney product, it’s possible we’ll get the first big casting announcement this year at Disney’s D23, which is coming in August. But news has broken that Zac Efron and Ryan Gosling are being talked about for the film, and that Gosling is up for the role of Luke Skywalker’s son.
Before you get too excited though, according to The Huffington Post, Gosling’s representatives have stepped forward and denied the report. No word has come out of Efron’s camp but as with most Star Wars news right now, it should be assumed that this is all barely a rumor.
That being said, this is polarizing news for Star Wars fans as both actors could be considered too mainstream to take on the role of Luke Skywalker’s son. Efron in particular could cause an uproar among fanboys if he’s cast, but he’s begun to distance himself from the cheesy Disney movies he’s done in the past.
But the fact that Disney is producing Star Wars but also produced Efron turds like High School Musical leads most down a path of logic that isn’t a happy one.
Gosling is very much removed from his The Notebook days but while he still stars in rom-coms, he’s branched out as a serious and eclectic actor who can go from being a by-the-books romance movie to starring in a big budget action flick while also headlining a strong indie flick.
Both would instantly raise the stakes on the latest film but neither have officially been offered a role. Still, the casting rumors are beginning to swirl which means these won’t be the last two names we hear mentioned for this particular role.