Adam Driver, best known for his quirky character on HBO’s Girls, has reportedly been in talks to play a villain in J.J. Abrams’ anticipated film Star Wars: Episode VII, which is set to come out on December 2015. There are no details regarding the role, but he will definitely be part of the Dark Side if plans push through.
Episode VII will be directed by Abrams. The script was written by both Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan after they took over the duties from Michael Arndt. Kasdan already has a history with Lucasfilm, serving as a screenwriter for several blockbusters including Return of the Jedi, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and The Empire Strikes Back.
Driver, a Julliard graduate and former Marine, has earned praises for his charismatic portrayal of his character on Girls. He has also played supporting characters in films such as Inside Llewyn Davis and Lincoln. According to sources, the delay in securing the role is caused by scheduling issues that have already been resolved and the deal should be done within the next few days.
Lena Dunham, creator and Driver’s co-star in Girls, said in her tweet that they are proud of Driver for being part of the upcoming Star Wars movie.
Fans of the Star Wars franchise can expect more cast members to be revealed within the next few weeks, as shooting is set to start in April at the Pinewood Studios in London. Some of the actors will also need to engage in Jedi training before the shoot begins. Original actors from the film, such as Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher are also rumored to make an appearance, but there are no official announcements as of now.
Driver is also said to appear with Andrew Garfield and Ken Watanabe in Martin Scorsese’s upcoming film entitled Silence.
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