According to both sites, The Host star Saorise Ronan went in and auditioned for one of the lead female roles in the movie. There's no confirmation of what role she read for, but it was also revealed that there will be a female villain in the story as well. She could have gone in for either that role or the role of Han Solo's daughter. Ronan is an amazing young actress, and it doesn't surprise me that they would want her to be in the movie.
Then there's the whole Benedict Cumberbatch casting news. As expected, the studio and reps have been denying the story up and down, but Latino-Review is so confident that the actor has already been cast in the next three films that they say this....
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 Episode VII is very small but the role is much bigger in Episode VIII and Episode IX.
That's confidence friends. This really looks like its going to happen, and like all of you, I couldn't be more excited!
Then there's the shooting location news. It was reported that part of the film would be shot in Mexico, and they reveal that the exact location will be Las Cruces, The City of Crosses.
It's going to be a fun wild ride watching these Star Wars movies all come together! What do you think about the possibility of Ronan's casting, and the Cumberbatch confirmation?