Jack Reynor is an Irish actor who was actually born in the US and raised in Ireland. He will be the star of the new Transformers trilogy. Beside that he's a pretty talented young actor. You can see some of his acting after the jump. The Princess Leia rumor is a bit strange and you should take it with a huge grain of salt, but still you never know...
The Jack Reynor rumor comes from Harry Knowles of Ain't It Cool News, who seems pretty confident with it.
According to him:
I'm hearing that Jack Reynor, a young Irish actor that will be in this new Bay TRANSFORMERS trilogy - but that I've now heard from two different sources has landed a role in EPISODE VII. No idea of what role.
And here's Saoirse Ronan, who also auditioned for a role in Star Wars: Episode 7, giving an IFTA award to Jack Reynor for his role in "What Richard Did":
Reynor's rep denied the rumors, which actually doesn't mean anything but still here it is: (via independent.ie)
"There is no truth in that -- Jack is not taking on a role in the latest Star Wars film," a spokesperson for the actor told the Herald._______________________________________
"He has not been approached about a role and there has been no discussion.
"The rumours started online, but there is no foundation to them."
And now the weird one. According to one of Den of Geek's sources (via makingstarwars):
Firstly, a good source has told us that auditions are ongoing for key roles in the new film, and that more are taking place in the UK at the end of this month. Furthermore, we understand that one of the roles available is Princess Leia – or at least that’s what one or two of those auditioning are being told.
Carrie Fisher is pretty certain to reprise the role of Leia in Star Wars: Episode VII, so it may be that a younger version of the character is being cast for a flashback sequence, or perhaps as a daughter of Han and Leia. Obviously, we’re speculating there, and it may just be that what those auditioning are being told is a smokescreen of sort. We’ll find out in due course.
I really hope they are using this to cast Leia's daughter, not Leia herself. And I rule out the spin-off movies, because as you know they won't be based on characters from the movieverse. :)
As always until official confirmation comes these are just rumors.
Oh, and here is a small tease from Jeff Sneider, who recently revealed the Jesse Plemons story:
Looks like I've got the rest of the day off! That STAR WARS scoop will have to wait...
— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) February 17, 2014
And here's something very interesting regarding the female lead shared by BleedingCool:
I think the big news about Episode VII casting will be the female lead, though folk might not realise it until after they see the film. If everything we’re hearing is true, she’s already been cast too, so I wouldn’t be surprised if word sneaks out pretty soon.