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Saoirse Ronan Rumored For Star Wars VII Villain

We love Saoirse Ronan so we’re doing our best to restrain ourselves at the mere notion of her taking on a role in Star Wars VII. Hit the jump for what we know and the latest on Benedict Cumberbatch’s possible involvement. 

This latest bit of “news” comes from Latino Review, often known for posting “rumors” with no sources, so take it with a grain of salt. Normally we’d pass on something this sketchy but again, we really love Ronan’s work so we’re hoping against hope it’s true.

Latino Review says the actress went in to have a meeting about a Star Wars role but they don’t know which. However: “I tried to find out what Ronan went in but they wouldn’t tell me. During the conversation what was very interesting was that there will be a female villain part as well. NOW I’m not saying Ronan went in for that part, for all you know Ronan went in for the Solo daughter.”

The fact that there might be a female villain in the next Star Wars film is interesting enough but if Ronan takes it, I’ll be very happy. LR also points out Ronan, “recently passed on the role of Wanda Maximoff, The Scarlet Witch, in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, so you can speculate all you want since Star Wars and Marvel are under the same Disney brand.”

Meanwhile, they also added fuel to the Cumberbatch casting fire. “DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE ABOUT BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH NOT BEING IN STAR WARS. HE IS IN THE MOVIE! In fact, he will be in all three Star Wars films! It’s all a smoke screen.” they write. “Technically, his part in Episode VII is very small but the role is much bigger in Episode VIII and Episode IX.”

What do you think? Would you prefer to see Ronan as a villain or a hero? And do you think Cumberbatch is lying about his involvement?

(via /Film)

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  • Fisty

    Latino Review is so sketchy. I hate all these reports coming from their “sources”. Might as well just take the comment threads from any site and source them as rumors.

  • Mark Gardner

    While I take this with a grain of salt, I would LOVE to see Ronan as a villain. She would do an amazing job.

  • Alan Passman

    *crosses fingers for Vistara Khai*

  • Kamil Kukowski

    are you telling me we may have a villainesse? come’on JJ bring the lanseflares right now!!

  • Valerie C.

    I don’t see why BC would lie about his involvement. Unless he’s scared of the same type of backlash he had when people found out he was Khan in Star Trek. Personally, I think he played the role brilliantly. If anyone is to be blamed, it’s the writers.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    It’s entirely possible that he lied because Disney wants the casting to be really secret. They want to be the first ones to put out the press releases and such.

  • Adrian

    “LR also points out Ronan, “recently passed on the role of Wanda Maximoff”

    I thought I read that Ronan and her people were never even contacted for the role. Did she really read for Scarlet Witch AND turn it down? In any case, I like the idea of her in Star Wars!

  • Anonymous

    Er…the backlash against Khan was from minorities who were upset over the fact that they had a white guy playing an Indian Sikh. Unless she’s playing Mace Windu or Lando, I doubt that’s a problem.

  • Anonymous

    Er…the backlash against Khan was from minorities who were upset over the fact that they had a white guy playing an Indian Sikh. Unless she’s playing Mace Windu or Lando, I doubt that’s a problem.

  • Valerie C.

    Wouldn’t that be hilarious though. XD

  • Anonymous

    ….No? I don’t find whitewashing to be funny.

  • Ali Miller

    Am I the only person in the known universe that isn’t thrilled at the idea of Cumberbatch potentially having a big role in the new trilogy? ‘Cause, yeah… I’m not. Among other reasons, I really don’t like the idea of having crossover actors between Trek + Wars. With JJ directing both (and with nuTrek’s already blatant stylistic debt to classic Star Wars), there is already too much risk of homogeneity between the franchises. I would like these two things to remain apples and oranges.

    Saoirse, on the other hand: sign me up!

  • Darth Amethystos

    Agree 100%

  • Anonymous

    I think you got something wrong here, I read that she said that someone else also read for a villainess role.

    Anyway, I do remember that one of Lucas first versions of the original trilogy had Luke Skywalker be a girl, so…

    … I’m looking forward for the first laser sword battle between a female Yedi and a female Sith! Kill’em all, Hanna! ;-) ;-)

  • Anonymous

    Well, I read that they wanted to pay her much less than was asked for. So they went with the just as good but more pricely Elizabeth Olsen. That’s what I heard.

  • Anonymous

    Well, actually I think Ronan is great untapped hero material.

  • Mark Gardner

    I agree completely that she has great untapped hero material. Just watch “Hanna” to see how amazing she can be. The reason I’d love to see her as a villain is because I don’t think we have nearly enough complex female villains, especially in movies. I think should could bring some great talent to the role which could only make for a compelling and sympathetic villain. And in the end, the best villains are the ones we can actually relate to.

  • Craig Oxbrow

    She’d be great on either side of the fence, I reckon.

  • Anonymous

    Really? I thought he was an old man in the first drafts. Guess I have to brush up on my Star Wars history, or I’ll be a disgrace to the name Luke!

  • Anonymous

    Knowing JJ’s track record, Cumberbatch will be playing Lando.

  • Jeremy

    One of Han and Leia’s twins. Both Jedi. She turns to the dark side.
    Sibling rivalry, light vs dark, possible relation secrecy, and the ability to have the old cast.

  • Anonymous

    You are right there, too! In the first draft he was – if I remember correctly – Luke Starkiller, an old hero with thirteen sons. That was the first draft I think. Later after a zillion drafts later when they went into production Lucas considered for a moment to make Luke a girl but then threw the idea away.

    Only shows that Lucas was very flexible with his characters.

  • DarthLocke4

    Well Bad Robot’s villains are usually never black and white,- they’re usually pretty human, so if this would be true, I think it would be really neat, because I bet she would have an unique story of her own…

  • AuDiOsAnE

    “Funny” as in ridiculous. It’s okay to laugh at ridiculous things sometimes.

    This isn’t history, so I wouldn’t exactly call it whitewashing.