Is Saoirse Ronan the Female Villain in 'Star Wars: Episode VII'?

The actress has tested for an unknown role, the Benedict Cumberbatch rumor continues, and a small amount of shooting will be done Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Saorise Ronan reportedly eyed for a role in Star Wars: Episode VII
Saorise Ronan reportedly eyed for a role in Star Wars: Episode VII
Saoirse Ronan is the latest actress to be thrown into the Star Wars: Episode VII casting rumor mill, with Latino Review reporting that she recently went in to read for an unspecified role in this highly anticipated sequel.

The actress is said to have passed on the role of Wanda Maximoff (aka The Scarlet Witch) in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, which is also a Disney production. Speculation is that she turned down that role for a shot at Star Wars. It isn't known which Star Wars: Episode VII role the actress tested for, though it is being reported that there is a female villain in the movie. Whether or not she is up for that particular part has yet to be seen, and there are no further details on this character. Is she a Sith? Or did she go into read for the part of Han Solo's daughter?

The same story once again claims that Benedict Cumberbatch's denial about being cast as a Sith Lord in Star Wars: Episode VII is 100% false. He has actually been cast in the film, which will be a very small role, one that will expand to great importance in Star Wars: Episode VIII and Star Wars: Episode IX. Here is what was said about his supposed cover-up.

"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. Folks, remember when Cumberbatch denied being Khan for over a year? Same situation here. At least give us the benefit of the doubt hence why we are bringing this up. Point is, he lied before and he can lie again. Google it. One more time because it is worth repeating, Benedict Cumberbatch will be in the upcoming Star Wars movies. I don't care if he denies it till opening day. We were right before about him playing Khan, and we will be right again on this one. Technically, his part in Star Wars: Episode VII is very small but the role is much bigger in Star Wars: Episode VIII and Star Wars: Episode IX."

While these casting stories continue to weight on the side of rumor, Latino Review has more solid news on location shoots that are set to take place in The City of Crosses, Las Cruces, New Mexico. Very little will be shot in the city, as well as Los Angeles, while 90% of the production will take place in London when filming gets underway in 2014. Because of the mostly desert landscape, it is speculated that Las Cruces will either double for Tatooine, or it could be the setting for the Sith home world of Korriban. Check out some of the photos, which represent what some of the landscapes in Star Wars: Episode VIII will look like.

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Las Cruces 3

Star Wars: Episode VII will take place thirty years after Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. J.J. Abrams will direct from a screenplay by Michael Arndt, writer of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Toy Story 3.

What are your thoughts on all of this? Just more rumors in the wind? Will it be exciting to see the Sith homeworld on the big screen?

Star Wars: Episode VII comes to theaters December 18th, 2015 and stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong'o. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams.

Sources: Latino Review

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Comments (22)

  1. undeadslayer4

    @skywise and I would support Karen only if she's not as winy as she was in Doctor who

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  2. undeadslayer4

    @skywise this is what a hitgirl standalone movie should be thx I am totally watching it

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  3. skywise

    @undeadslayer4 I meant Hanna. Its a damn good movie staring Saoirse Ronan and Eric Bana. Its a pretty neat little movie. If you have not seen I would recommend it easily.

    As far as Karen Gillan...I am pretty damn excited. Probably my favorite casting decision and like you said, casting as a villain is pretty cool. Now THAT is thinking outside the box.

    1 year agoby @skywiseFlag

  4. undeadslayer4

    @skywise agreed that reminds of the same thing with Karen Gillian when she joined Guardians of the Galaxy and wth is Hannah that sounds familiar

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  5. skywise

    @undeadslayer4 I have only seen her in Hannah which I loved. But I keep hearing how she is not such a great actress. I don't know enough about her to make an educated guess.

    I would just love to see her as a villain.

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  6. Sean

    @undeadslayer4 I guess we will have to wait and see.

    1 year agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  7. undeadslayer4

    @skywise i wonder how she's gonna pull this one off

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  8. undeadslayer4

    @themoviefanatic i dont know if they should cast her she did a horrible job in the host i dont think she could change that quickly

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  9. ejk1

    I don't know the wisdom of passing on Avengers 2 for this project. At the moment, Star Wars is not the golden goose that Marvel properties have become. My only thought is that she's getting a more vital role; the main villain would be such a role; however, if she ends up in the "Darth Maul" position (as in lackey), it's a backwards step. I hope it works out for her.

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  10. Sean

    @CoreyB Yeah, I see what you meant. It's just some dumb thing the website does.

    1 year agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  11. Ken Ma

    May be Benedict stars as human form........

    1 year agoby @Ken-MaFlag

  12. CelluloidDreams

    Saoirse Ronan can't act her way out of a paper bag!

    1 year agoby @2movieguysFlag

  13. CoreyB

    @themoviefanatic I swear to god @Brizzy tell him. They censor his last name sometimes its actually pretty hillarious. They think ur talkin sexy talkkk w the dirtyy wordddss oww hachey macheyy loook out.

    1 year agoby @CoreyBFlag

  14. Sean

    @CoreyB No they didn't. There would be no reason to.

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  15. A7sus4

    I think i'm starting to hate star wars

    1 year agoby @a7sus4Flag

  16. skywise

    I would love to see her as a villain. That is thinking outside the box.

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  17. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Until there's confirmation of anything, it would be a great change of pace to have a female villain.

    1 year agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  18. Brizzy

    @CoreyB Haha I know, I laugh my arse off every time they do that.

    1 year agoby @BrizzyFlag

  19. CoreyB

    Dod movieweb jus censor his last name haahah

    1 year agoby @CoreyBFlag

  20. CoreyB

    Havent seen enough of her but mehhh nonetheless. C*mberbatch would be phenomenal

    1 year agoby @CoreyBFlag

  21. Brizzy

    Well, she is a good actress. One of those who's range has not been fully experienced.

    1 year agoby @BrizzyFlag