'Star Wars: Episode 7' Rumor Patrol: Saoirse Ronan Might Be a Sith and Benedict Cumberbatch is Not Out

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Though we're still months away from production, rumors about who's in 'Star Wars: Episode 7' are likely to persist until the movie screens for audiences. The latest round of rumoring is that Saoirse Ronan is up for a role, and that -- contrary to the denials -- Benedict Cumberbatch is very much in the new trilogy.

El Mayimbe over at Latino Review has revealed that Ronan took a meeting with the J.J. Abrams and company for the film, and he notes that the film will have a female villain. That's intriguing as the dark side of the force has been represented only by men in the 'Star Wars' films to date, while they also point out that Ronan's schedule is open as she passed on appearing in 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron.' But what part Ronan is up for is unknown.

The other big news is that Mayimbe is insisting that Cumberbatch is not only a part of 'Episode 7,' but that he'll be playing a role in the entire trilogy. We've heard recent denials of his involvement, but they're much harder to believe after Abrams and Cumberbatch spent over a year pretending that the 'Sherlock' actor wasn't playing Khan in 'Star Trek Into Darkness.' It's definitely a "fool me once" scenario, though considering no official casting announcements have been made, anything is possible at this point. 'Star Wars: Episode 7' will be hitting theaters sometime in 2015.

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