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Latest 'Star Wars: Episode 7' Rumors Swirl Around Benedict Cumberbatch, Saoirse Ronan & Simon Pegg

by Kevin Jagernauth
September 19, 2013 9:05 AM
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Saoirse Ronan

It's been just over a week since we last talked about "Star Wars: Episode 7," and at the time, it was all about Benedict Cumberbatch's seeming denial about turning down Guillermo Del Toro's "Crimson Peak" so he could do J.J. Abrams' film instead. Well, it looks like the internet insists he'll still go to a galaxy far, far way...

The dudes over at Latino Review are claiming that Cumberbatch's denials are to be taken in the same way as his deflections early on about playing Khan in "Star Trek Into Darkness." The site insists that Cumberbatch is in the movie, and while his role in 'Episode 7' is "very small," it will be bigger in "Star Wars: Episode 8" and "Star Wars: Episode 9." So, we'll see how that all works out. Meanwhile, the site also reveals that Saoirse Ronan went in to read for a part, though which role remains unclear. There are apparently a couple female roles up for grabs including Han Solo's daughter and apparently a villain too, but again, it's a long way from reading to getting an offer to signing on.

Lastly, Simon Pegg himself has scuttled any chances of making an appearance in the new trilogy of the film. “I don’t think it would be appropriate for me to be in it, to be honest,” he told The Independent. “I think J.J. should cast new faces with no stunt casting. I wouldn’t want to be popped out of (enjoyment of) the film by a knowing cameo. I think it would be great to do it properly.”

“When we watched the first 'Star Wars' I didn’t know anybody—even Alec Guinness and Peter Cushing, who were emissaries from a more classical acting world," Pegg continued. "For me as a kid it was all new faces. I believed every single one of them. I think, let’s not be post-modern about it.”

So, from not knowing anybody to a new "Star Wars" trilogy that may feature Benedict Cumberbatch and Saoirse Ronan. How the times have changed...

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  • glammyclam | September 20, 2013 7:00 PMReply

    Stay away from the up and coming actresses! did Natalie Portman teach us nothing?

  • Anthony | September 19, 2013 5:04 PMReply

    Yes yes yes! Saoirse Ronan FTW! Hopefully they'll erase the bad taste left over by the prequels.

    I can't stress it enough, Saoirse Ronan is perfect.

  • hank | September 19, 2013 1:22 PMReply

    I actually just heard he's playing a dragon. weird.

  • Mandy | September 19, 2013 12:08 PMReply

    Please cast Saoirse Ronan! She's a great actress already at this age and she looks like a Solo kid.

  • cam | September 19, 2013 11:34 AMReply

    I think these "actresses/actors who've read for the part" rumors are so DUMB. Just assume every actress has read for this film! ...I'm strongly hoping for Chloe Moretz. Honestly, I think she's so amazing, that if there's a teen role and she's not cast, I'd be very upset. Rosen looks like she could be a cool looking evil alien.

  • Oliver | September 19, 2013 9:48 AMReply

    Cumbebatch and Ronan as evil siblings would be great. The two Atonement baddies together.

  • Mark | September 19, 2013 9:34 AMReply

    Thank god Pegg won't be in it. He's more annoying than Jar Jar Binks.

  • Aze | September 21, 2013 1:43 PM

    Pegg is great - in the British films he created at least. ;-)

  • Tim | September 19, 2013 9:33 AMReply

    I want Ronan and Cumberbatch to be evil siblings! Come on! Just think about it.

  • Andy | September 19, 2013 9:33 AMReply

    Ronan seems like a perfect fit imo. Just cast her and get it over with.

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