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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. 

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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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Jill Pantozzi
Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."

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