You can't spend 5 minutes on the internet without seeing some entertainment site breathlessly pitching that an actor was "circling," "being considered," "in talks," or "the front runner" for a movie role.
I understand why the entertainment media reports on them, they are expected to delivers so-called "exclusives" and "scoops" 24/7/365 and there no better click-bait than claiming some actor is up for a big part.
The problem is that 99% of these reports are total bullshit.
When a major Hollywood studio film is being cast there are literally dozens of actors being considered for every role. Big names, middle names, and total unknowns are all looked at and judged on how right they are for the part and how well they can sell to the audience.
So reporting that an actor is somehow being looked at for a part is basically the Hollywood equivalent of reporting that the sun has risen as if it's an exclusive scoop that should win the Pulitzer Prize.
Which is why, when I seize power and impose my brutal dictatorship upon the world, I will declare a law that casting rumours should only be reported if they involve these three actors:
Now if they are "circling" or "being considered for" a role, that's actually news.
Then you will be allowed to report it.
All other pointless rumours will be punished by CATAPULT!!
Which is why you should all vote for me as your despot of choice.