I don't tend to think of Star Wars as being an inherently sexy movie series, but then again, who among us didn't lust over Han Solo and his bitchin' holster belt? Obi-Wan took on a far more appealing vibe when Ewan McGregor assumed the role during the prequel trilogy. And I'd wager almost every guy of a certain age harbors a secret fantasy involving Princess Leia and her metal bikini.
It remains to be seen if J.J. Abrams' highly-anticipated sequel, Star Wars: Episode VII, will live up to geeky expectations ... but oddly enough it's sounding like the seventh installment in the franchise is shaping up to have something in common with a certain other movie that's been building up a lot of buzz lately.
Namely, Fifty Shades of Grey.
Okay, I'm not saying the new Star Wars will feature vaginal pleasure balls or that Abrams is going to swap out the iconic "May the Force be with you" phrase for "Laters, baby." I'm saying that the casting fervor around Episode VII is getting to be on par with the Fifty Shades rumor-mongering.
First there were murmurs that Jonathan Rhys-Meyer was in the running, then we heard that Leonardo DiCaprio took a meeting to discuss his potential involvement, and then the Internet BLEW THE EFF UP when Ryan Gosling was linked to the role of Luke Skywalker's son.
Sadly for everyone whose panties instantly incinerated at the thought of Ryan Gosling doing that rad "these aren't the droids you're looking for" thing, his rep has dismissed the reports as "not true."
The other dreamy-eyed Hollywood hunk who's supposedly a top Star Wars contender is ... drumroll ... Zac Efron. As in, the same guy who's been batted around as a potential Christian Grey, to the point of fan-created trailers that cast him with Kirsten Dunst as Anastasia. (Wha?)
Rumors aside, there's no way to know who's REALLY in talks to join the Star Wars cast, and tight-lipped Abrams likely won't confirm anything until he's good and ready. All we can be sure about so far is that Episode VII will pick up after the events in The Return of the Jedi, and it's set to be released in 2015.
Meanwhile, there's nothing to do but speculate. Get ready for the onslaught of hot male celebs being alternately associated with handcuffs -- and light sabers.
What do you think about Zac Efron or Ryan Gosling in the new Star Wars?
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