Rumor: Ryan Gosling, Zac Efron Tagged To Join ‘Star Wars: VII’

There seems to be whispers of a great disturbance in the Force, young padawans.

Star Wars fans might be excited or dismayed by the latest rumor being drummed up by Latino Review, as director J.J. Abrams is looking at two new actors for major roles within the space opera. Who are these two future cast mates? It seems that Ryan Gosling (Only God Forgives) and Zac Efron, both no stranger to Disney projects, are being considered to play a central part in the new story.

Citing a mole inside the production, Gosling would play the son of Luke Skywalker, the protagonist of the original Star Wars trilogy. Mark Hamill, who played the elder Jedi knight, is believed to be set to reprise his role as Luke, but there has yet to be an official announcement.

The site, which has more positive Star Wars scoops than negatives, had previously reported that Leonardo DiCaprio had also been approached for a role in the film — but had passed. Gosling, himself, admitted that he was “taking a break” from acting, which jibes well with his representative’s “not true” comment also in the Latino Review report. Talking to The Associated Press in March, Ryan Gosling said, “I’ve lost perspective on what I’m doing. I think it’s good for me to take a break and reassess why I’m doing it and how I’m doing it.”

Since Disney purchased LucasFilm, the studio has been building up a fever pitch over their plans to relaunch the franchise. Star Wars: Episode Vii marks the first installment in a new trilogy, and will begin production for a 2015 release date.

Props: Latino Review