Ryan-GoslingWith Disney set to return to Anaheim for their annual expo, all eyes will be on California for news on the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII.

The studio are set to make announcements regarding the new Star Wars film, as well as movies from Marvel and more, and we’re hoping that some of the news surrounding J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars Episode VII will be the first official castings.

Arriving via Latino Review, and which I don’t hesitate to say should be taken with a pinch of salt for now, comes word that Disney are reportedly eyeing Ryan Gosling and Zac Efron for leading roles in the franchise’s next instalment.

Their inside source tells them that Gosling is ‘for sure’ being eyed to play Luke Skywalker’s son, and if that’s true, then it naturally wouldn’t be a stretch to imagine Efron could take Solo and Leia’s son.

The report also notes that Leonardo DiCaprio went in to meet with the studio a couple of months ago, and that he’s now passed on the project, because he wants to focus on sci-fi/epic Robotech.

Whether any of this pans out of course remains to be seen. But it’s certainly an interesting direction to consider.

Gosling is perhaps one of the last people I’d have pegged to join Star Wars Episode VII, given his track record of going down the more independent route. Yet, thinking about it a little more now, he’s also one of the few people whose involvement would instantly elevate my interest in the film, which could be a strong move for all considered.

For now, we’ll have to take this one with a healthy pinch of salt. And with any luck, we’ll get something a little more concrete coming out of the studio’s D23 expo out in Anaheim early next month.