Yup, you read that right. It’s the latest industry rumor courtesy of Latino Review currently putting your respiratory system in a critical state of shock (that’s if you have lungs and a pulse and a heart and stuff, because you are only human and whatnot).
The upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII film was greenlit recently with superstar geek director J.J. Abrams officially attached. The project has been under extreme lockdown (it didn’t even appear at Comic-Con this year), so these claims aren’t exactly off the studio’s press release or anything.
We will preface these claims by mentioning however that this piece of intel does come from the same site that correctly reported Brandon Routh’s casting in Superman Returns before anyone else.
The Latino Review was also the outlet who's source informed them two months ago that Pinewood Studios is where filming of Episode VII will take place. A detail that no one else knew and ended up being true, so add that to their credibility.
The source close to production says “two names have been thrown around a lot” in the preliminary stages and “that another star went in last week”: Ryan Gosling and Zac Efron. Apparently, either or both are up for the role of Luke Skywalker’s son in the film. The story continues where Return of the Jedi originally left off.
Don’t expect confirmation from a studio exec until someone is locked in and the ink is dry, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility that two of Hollywood’s most buzzworthy actors would be considered for one of the most anticipated blockbusters of 2015.