'Star Wars: Episode 7' Rumors Now Circle Saoirse Ronan and More on Cumberbatch

Will she play a female villain?

saoirse-ronan-star-warsSo far the most confident rumor surrounding any possible casting in Star Wars: Episode VII revolves around the possibility of director J.J. Abrams bringing in his Star Trek Into Darkness villain Benedict Cumberbatch for what is said to be a villainous role spanning the entirety of the new trilogy. The report has been denied by Cumberbatch's people and in a recent Hollywood Reporter profile Cumberbatch responded to a question regarding his potential involvement saying, "I don't know. Who knows, who knows? Nothing is known of that. I worked with J.J. Obviously, he knows. Everyone who wants to be part of that film, they know about." Not a denial, clearly, and last night Latino Review continued to stress the validity of their earlier reporting.

The site says that "[t]echnically, [Cumberbatch's] part in Episode VII is very small but the role is much bigger in Episode VIII and Episode IX." They say this after proclaiming in bold caps, "HE IS IN THE MOVIE!"

Next is the latest name added to the heap, Saoirse Ronan, who just wrapped up Wes Anderson's Grand Budapest Hotel and turned down the role of the Scarlet Witch in Joss Whedon's The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Apparently she has gone in to read for an unknown role for the new Star Wars film, but with nothing known about the plot, there is no way of telling which role, though speculation now involves the likelihood of a female villain.

What we know right now is Episode VII will hit theaters in 2015, Michael Arndt (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Toy Story 3) wrote the screenplay and this new trilogy will apparently begin thirty years after Return of the Jedi. Go forth and spread rumors like wildfire!

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

    The Cumberbatch quote is just hilarious :-) Si tacuisses, philosophus manisses.

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

    If Mark Hamill is in it then i'm there, other than that i hope the don't flood the next trilogy with "names" because that was part of the reason that the prequels sucked so much. In my opinion, don't get angry, internet.

    • Nicthalon

      Unless they move the next movie about 30 years past Return, I can't see Hamill in it. He's over 60 years old and fat. He's got one of the best voices in voice acting today, and I love him, but his action movie days are OVER.

      • William R. Cousert

        Did you see Benjamin Buttons or Xx-Men 3? CG can make Mark Hamill look 30 years younger. It can also make him look like the crypt keeper. Wait til you see the final product before you pass judgment.

        • Nicthalon

          It's now a moot point. The movie has been confirmed to be set 30 years after Return of the Jedi.

          • William R. Cousert

            I wonder if they'll ever go back to the events right after Return of the Jedi.

            • Nicthalon

              Depends entirely on what from the EU they keep as canon and what is declared AU.

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

    I'm not sure why I keep clicking on all these Star Wars links. I have zero interest in this and I fully expect Disney to milk and destroy Star Wars for all its worth over the next 10 years.

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

      I'm so with you, i remember my excitement pre-Phantom but i'm almost dreading the next one because of the impending marketing blitz and to be ultimately let down when the film comes out. Especially after this summer.

    • Brother bob

      you mean Lucas hasn't done that already with it's 30th versions of Star Wars?

    • Nick Rofeeliack

      Wow, that couldn't have been written any better.

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

    Too many rumours, I'll wait until they get thinned out or converted into facts.

    I'm not getting too excited at this stage but I have too much love for Star Wars and Empire to not remain aware this is coming along and I'll give it it's chance when it does.

  • http://seikozoorhess.deviantart.net Paul Hennen

    I kind of want to see a female villain. I would've liked to see Star Wars 7 back at the end of Return Of Jedi, because if Princess Leia is Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader's daughter, she too has the power of the force in her. What she became dark and started using it to wage war against anyone and everyone who ever helped the empire? So, not really, evil, but taking a dark path. So if they want a female villain for Star Wars, more power to them. It's not a typical thing, even if she is "Darth Metalia" or something, it's a good idea.

    And I'd also like to see The Emperor aka Darth Sidious return, because all he did was fall in a hole, of course he could've survived that.

    And no way can this ever, ever be as bad as Phantom Menance. J.J. Abrams directing means it won't be a snooze-fest, everyone should just say "I hope this is better than Attack Of The Clones."

  • Malachi Justice

    So it's going to be based on the New Jedi Order era?
    Sounds good to me.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/juanperezcarlos/ Carlos

    I really hope Saoirse gets in. She's one of the best young actresses out there right now.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Jake17/ Jake17

      Exactly why I hope she doesn't get it.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Mv11391/ Michael

        @Jake17 - With you 100%. Ugh when I heard she got rumored, I just sighed in disgust. She is way better than this Star Wars crap, I get that a lot of good actors should be in big-budget movies sometimes but not Star Wars, I hate Star Wars even if J.J Abrams is involved but she's better off. She's already been in some duds lately and i'm still hoping Grand Budapest Hotel gets her back on track.

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

    Saiorse Ronan as the main villain is one of the few things that could actually raise my interest in this. Benedict Cumberbatch, zzzzzzzzzzz....

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/icerose/ cynthia dower

    I watched the prequels on TV and they were a tad boring with very little of the charm the originals so I am not really bothered who is in them. Benedict is in the process of signing to play Hamlet next year on the West End -they are trying to find a theatre and time which suits both the star and the director

  • Mario Peralta

    My interest is officially gone. Benedick cumberbitch is a boring, horrible actor. Nothing is great about this guy and now that he is involved with Star Wars, I am no longer intersted.

    • Jorge

      Have you even seen him act?

    • Marko Kraljevic

      Honestly I hope he won't be in it, so we can watch