Gosling, DiCaprio and Efron Rumored to Have Met with Disney about 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

The Disney boys are looking to come back home as Star Wars men

ryan-goslingRumors related to Star Wars: Episode VII are going to increase as time goes by and for now I've stayed away from most of them, but this latest one from Latino Review is a little interesting as they say Leonardo DiCaprio, Ryan Gosling and Zac Efron have met with Disney and director J.J. Abrams about the film. While DiCaprio has apparently already been ruled out, it seems the other two may still be in the mix.

No word on what character Efron met for, but word is Gosling, a one-time member of the "Mickey Mouse Club", supposedly was discussing tackling the rule as Luke Skywalker's son.

The news essentially ends there, but speculation over what it would be like if either Gosling or Efron or both are added to the cast could continue. Gosling's involvement in massive blockbusters has been limited to say the least as he hasn't been involved in a franchise project to date unless I'm missing something, though I still don't see this as something for him. For some reason the two ideals just don't click in my mind.

Efron was once Disney's "High School Musical" poster child and in some ways has already been attached to the Star Wars franchise voicing Anakin Skywalker on Robot Chicken's Star Wars Episode III. Yet, I don't think Efron has crossed over far enough into the male demographic to make him a safe enough pick, at least not for a major role in the film.

Of course, we have no idea which direction Michael Arndt's screenplay takes the world of Star Wars. Perhaps Efron will be perfect, but we only have so much to go by.

With all that said, here's a video of Gosling and Justin Timberlake on the "Mickey Mouse Club" way back when.

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  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/JNFilms/ JN Films

    Gosling gotta drive away from this one

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

    I like Gosling but I just can't see this being he would do. As for Efron..I don't think he's that good of an actor so I hope he isn't going to be a part of this.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Silrian/ Silrian

    I love Gosling, but for some reason I can't picture him holding a lightsaber seriously. Or even be in that world seriously. Whether he's wielding a gun or whatever.

    I wish we knew what kind of tone JJ was going for. Yes we can guess as it's JJ and as it's Disney and yet, I just have no idea what this will turn out to be and ergo no idea what actors I'd like to see in it.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ian/ Ian

    Gosling has always said he has no interest in superhero movie despite being approached multiple times and this is just another superhero movie. Glad DiCaprio is staying away and hopefully Gosling will as well.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/BishopSummers/ BishopSummers

    I always thought the best bet would be to go with relative unknown actors for Episode VII. Just like they did in the original trilogy. I just can't see Ryan Gosling in a Star Wars movie. Hopefully the cast for this movie gets announced soon so that we don't have to hear many more casting rumors.

  • http://www.twitter.com/GregDinskisk GregDinskisk

    I agree with BishopSummers; I hope they get a bunch of unknowns. I don't want a bunch of talented actors doing blockbusters like this one.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Chris/ Chris

    Efron fits the mold of Star Wars, but I can picture the Star Wars die-hards beig pretty pissed. DiCaprio and Gosling make no sense for this. I can't picture either of them in a Star Wars movie. For the rumored main female role if try to get the next Jennifer Lawrence/Shailene Woodley type. Who that is, I don't know. Elizabeth Olsen? Haillee Steinfeld? For the male lead I have no idea. There's a bit of an age difference between Gosling, DiCaprio, and Efron. Almost a decade between each from youngest to oldest.

    Frankly, I don't really care. I'm as tired of Star Wars as I am of generic superhero movies.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/kylejames182/ kyle coley

    Karl Urban anyone ?

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Corbin/ Corbin

      That would be great.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/andyluvsfilms/ andyluvsfilms

        Put Karl in everything i say, he da man

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/RonOnealFresh/ Ron Oneal Fresh

    In my opinion Gosling is too much of a contemporary actor to play fantasy roles. I can't imagine that I could ever take him seriously in those kinds of roles.

    He a great actor, so who knows.

    I just can't see it.

  • http://www.smartfilm.blogspot.com SmartFilm

    If you put Gosling and DiCaprio in a Star Wars movie, I will pay 50$ for a ticket

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Fox/ Fox

    "I can't imagine Ryan Gosling doing a Star Wars film" - Everyone

    What about Ryan Gosling holding a bag of money with $XX million dollars in it, doing a Star Wars film? Also, he should bring his Drive/Only God Forgives/Place Beyond The Pines persona into this one.

    • http://www.twitter.com/GregDinskisk GregDinskisk

      He should only do the persona half the time, because the character should have split personality disorder. The other half of the time he should pull out his character from Lars and the Real Girl!!

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Newbourne/ Newbourne

    DiCaprio has never done a ridiculous popcorn feature. If Leo had joined Star Wars, it would be the moment hell freezes over.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Django/ Django

      Titanic says hello.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Steffen/ Steffen

        Good call, Django!

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Newbourne/ Newbourne

        11 Academy Awards including Best Picture doesn't scream out "ridiculous popcorn feature", does it?

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/andyluvsfilms/ andyluvsfilms

    I'll go with the consensus here and say i don't think Gosling or his acting style is a good match for Star Wars but i do think Efron is, he's got that fresh face and non-flashy acting style that worked for Mark Hamill at the time.
    As for DiCaprio, i'm somewhere in the middle as to his suitability but i would like to see him involved.

    ps Nice clip Brad, it was funny watching Baby Goose be so animated plus I wonder what happened to Escape.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Django/ Django

      Yes, i'm getting a young Mark Hamill type vibe from Efron aswell. And i think he's a fine actor. He gets far too much stick for being a part of that High School Musical debacle and too many people are unable to see that he has matured.

  • http://www.seensome.com SeenSome

    This doesn't seem like Gosling or DiCaprio's type of thing at all. Gosling in particular has done mostly challenging independent work and only looks to be heading further in that direction with his work with Refn and his own directorial outing on the horizon.

  • Steve Lopez

    It's a bit hard saying that none of these actors fit into the movie without really knowing anything about the plot and the direction the film is going to go. That being said, picture Goslings character from Drive with a Jedi robe and hood on. That would totally work! A good, stoic guy capable of taking care of business with zero remorse. He doesn't even have to be a Jedi and he would be great in it.

    It might not be fair, but if Efron was cast I would not be as excited for this movie at all. And I'm sure many Star Wars fans may feel the same way as well. Would casting him just reinforce the opinion that some people have that Disney remaking Star Wars is just a cash grab for Disney? Do you think it may actually hurt the film?

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

    I don't think we know enough for sure about what the plan is for Episode 7 under Abrams (as I doubt he's had zero involvement in story development as he's not a plug in and play director to date) and Arndt's screenplay. If he's seeking to legitimise Star Wars back in the direction of the original trilogy then he may be looking for actors not normally thought of for these types of films as well as rrlative unknowns.

    I don't hold Gosling as some sort of sacred cow in the acting world who is somehow 'above' such films potentially (he made Gangster Squad for feck's sake - not a blockbuster but not exactly a challenging thinking piece by all regards) so who knows what he wants to take a look at career wise.

    I'm sure it'll become clear eventually.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/TheJackal/ The Jackal

    Abrams has yet to stumble in his brief directorial career. He made Mission: Impossible and Star Trek cool again, plus he made the lost Spielberg film we never knew we wanted. As well as impressing visually, he always picks great casts and gets great performances (or, solid, at the least) from them. I'm on board for whatever he decides regarding Episode VII. Remember how upset everyone was over pretty-boy Heath Ledger being cast as Joker? Yeah, that worked out pretty well if memory serves.

    Thems the facts

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/JonSullivan/ Jon Sullivan

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Ryan Gosling and Zac Efron? One of these things is not like the other...