The Star Wars rumor mill has been a strange beast this week now revealing that Ryan Gosling may be in the running to play Luke Skywalker's son, but it's hard to see how all the reasons that would keep the dreamy actor from donning the Batsuit wouldn't also prevent him from wielding a lightsaber.
After massive clamoring for Gosling to play Batman from certain quadrants of the web's intersection of Gosling and comics fans, Kellvin Chavez at fan site Latino Review explained that Gosling is one of two names that "have been thrown around a lot" for that other big nerd-friendly project. Chavez wrote: "what I was told for sure is the Gosling went in for Skywalker’s son. Yes, that’s right Luke’s kid." The story, Chavez reports, would take place 30 years after Return of the Jedi. Lest you think there's no chance of this rumor ever coming to fruition, do note that Latino Review broke the news that Harrison Ford was coming back to the franchise.
The reasons why Gosling may not do Star Wars look very similar to the reasons he might not be Batman, which we catalogued yesterday. Gosling has shied away from big moneymakers, and has said he's going on a break. That break would have to be very short if he were to do Episode VII since it is due to come out in 2015. But perhaps Gosling has some Disney loyalty. As some noted on Twitter, as this news broke both Gosling and the other actor Chavez mentions, Zac Efron, got their start with Disney, which now owns Lucasfilm. Or maybe he just really wants to be a Jedi. Or maybe they are offering him a ton of money. Stranger things have happened.
Both Gosling and Efron (who shouldn't be underestimated—the boy got peed on for art's sake) are certainly better news for Disney and Lucasfilm than the last Star Wars rumor going about. A post at Badass Digest by Devin Faraci spurred talk that director J.J. Abrams was either threatening or going to pull out of Episode VII because of "of disagreeing about where to shoot and being uncomfortable with the really tight development process." Lucasfilm took it upon themselves to stop any more talk of that dead in its tracks with a statement Monday: "There is no truth to the rumor. J.J. is having a great time working on the script and is looking forward to going into production next year."
Ultimately, at least some details in connection with this project will become a lot clearer at Disney's D23 Expo which runs from August 9 through 11 and is like Disney's personal Comic-Con. If you noticed Star Wars wasn't really a presence last weekend at that San Diego event, and Deadline has reported that Disney may drop some casting news at their own shindig.
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