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Star Wars: Episode VII rumors: Saoirse Ronan up for a lead role, Benedict Cumberbatch to have a small part?

Sep. 19, 2013by: Jesse Giroux

I really wish I had some actual casting news for STAR WARS: EPISODE VII, but unfortunately we're stuck with rumors until Disney finally decides to announce something.

The latest rumor is that Saoirse Ronan has read for a part in the upcoming film from director J.J. Abrams, according to a source for Latino-Review. The site isn't 100% sure who Saoirse Ronan read for, but Bleeding Cool (based off of their own sources) believes it is for the lead in the film. Bleeding Cool says that Ronan isn't a lock and another actress could be cast in the role, however there are apparently a couple of high-profile female parts and Saoirse Ronan could be cast as either character. Latino-Review has a bit more information on the other part, and they claim the character is a female villain that will appear in STAR WARS: EPISODE VII.

But what about Benedict Cumberbatch? Even though it's been denied, many believe the actor will star in the new STAR WARS film. Latino-Review first reported the rumor, and they are sticking with their story, saying Cumberbatch will definitely appear in STAR WARS: EPISODE VII and that the denials are just a smoke screen. They also say that Benedict Cumberbatch will only have a small part in EPISODE VII, but will have a much bigger role in the sequels. In their report Latino-Review also reveals where part of STAR WARS: EPISODE VII will be filming, and it's Las Cruces, New Mexico. Any thoughts on what STAR WARS locations could be filmed in New Mexico?

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII is scheduled to be in theaters sometime in 2015.

Extra Tidbit: If Saoirse Ronan isn't cast as the female villain, who would you like to see in the role? If it is true, of course...

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1:08AM on 09/20/2013

Saoirse Ronan...

every time i see her name in a casting rumor for Star Wars or Marvel or something, I'm like... "who?" then i'm like "oh, Hanna..."
every time i see her name in a casting rumor for Star Wars or Marvel or something, I'm like... "who?" then i'm like "oh, Hanna..."
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2:29PM on 09/19/2013
I hope all of this "rumoured" shit means that neither of them are in. Especially Rupert Khan. What a fucking ham.
I hope all of this "rumoured" shit means that neither of them are in. Especially Rupert Khan. What a fucking ham.
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1:55PM on 09/19/2013

I like it

before reading this article and looking at her pic she has a very beautiful yet scary look to her especially her eyes, I could for sure see her being a villain.
before reading this article and looking at her pic she has a very beautiful yet scary look to her especially her eyes, I could for sure see her being a villain.
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1:46PM on 09/19/2013
Even though these are just rumours, but if there are any truth to it my interest in this movie just went up big time.
Even though these are just rumours, but if there are any truth to it my interest in this movie just went up big time.
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1:35PM on 09/19/2013
This is all interesting I like both Saoirse Ronan and Cumberbatch, but I'm ready for some official casting news.
This is all interesting I like both Saoirse Ronan and Cumberbatch, but I'm ready for some official casting news.
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1:09PM on 09/19/2013

Here's what I see happening

Similar to the previous two trilogies, there will be an overarching villain that plays a major role throughout the course of the films. This female villain may not be a Sith, but there's a possibility. But I do have a feeling Cumberbatch is in the movie, but at what capacity is still up for debate.
Similar to the previous two trilogies, there will be an overarching villain that plays a major role throughout the course of the films. This female villain may not be a Sith, but there's a possibility. But I do have a feeling Cumberbatch is in the movie, but at what capacity is still up for debate.
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12:08PM on 09/19/2013
I'll be honest I wont believe anything until official news released
I'll be honest I wont believe anything until official news released
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12:05PM on 09/19/2013
Rumor castings have been good so far.
Rumor castings have been good so far.
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11:28AM on 09/19/2013
110% endorse. Talented and magnetic.

Having said that...at no point has any rumor of Star Wars Ep. VII panned out. The sale to Disney, announcement on VII, and JJ as director were all via earthshattering press release. I don't think any movie site has good sources on this. They're playing this exceptionally close to the chest.
110% endorse. Talented and magnetic.

Having said that...at no point has any rumor of Star Wars Ep. VII panned out. The sale to Disney, announcement on VII, and JJ as director were all via earthshattering press release. I don't think any movie site has good sources on this. They're playing this exceptionally close to the chest.
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3:13PM on 09/19/2013
I went to the D23 Expo, and even Pablo Hidalgo said that if he so much as hinted at anything about Ep VII, then Abrams would have his head on a stick.
I went to the D23 Expo, and even Pablo Hidalgo said that if he so much as hinted at anything about Ep VII, then Abrams would have his head on a stick.
11:17AM on 09/19/2013

Saoirse Ronan

This is the only casting rumor so far that I support.
This is the only casting rumor so far that I support.
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10:50AM on 09/19/2013
when it comes to Abrams, I have a hard time taking what he says as real. Im sure we all remember the whole " he's not Khan" statement. Abrams likes to have his "secrets" mislead people who are on his tracks to what he is doing. so as of now I actually believe that Cumberbatch will have some role in the film.
when it comes to Abrams, I have a hard time taking what he says as real. Im sure we all remember the whole " he's not Khan" statement. Abrams likes to have his "secrets" mislead people who are on his tracks to what he is doing. so as of now I actually believe that Cumberbatch will have some role in the film.
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10:48AM on 09/19/2013
I like Saoirse Ronan. She's very talented and could certainly do with a better sci-fi part than the one in (shudder) The Host.
I like Saoirse Ronan. She's very talented and could certainly do with a better sci-fi part than the one in (shudder) The Host.
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10:48AM on 09/19/2013
Organ Mountains, maybe?
Organ Mountains, maybe?
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10:40AM on 09/19/2013
I would be perfectly fine with both of them being casted in this film. They're both two terrific actors who could really bring much depth to these new Star Wars films.

But again, I'm only taking this news with a grain of salt since they're seems to be new rumors about casting every week.
I would be perfectly fine with both of them being casted in this film. They're both two terrific actors who could really bring much depth to these new Star Wars films.

But again, I'm only taking this news with a grain of salt since they're seems to be new rumors about casting every week.
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