Apparently J.J. Abrams, the master of secrets, is on the verge of making his first official casting for his upcoming “Star Wars: Episode 7.”
This time around, instead of just throwing a bunch of random names into a list and claiming they’re all up for roles in the movie, Variety says “Girls” actor Adam Driver is currently “close to signing on to play the villain” in the upcoming sci-fi film.
The character is being described as “in the vein of iconic ‘Star Wars’ villain Darth Vader.”
Disney and Lucasfilms have apparently been high on Driver, 30, for some time, but it took a while to ensure that his duties menacing “Episode 7″ didn’t conflict with his role on HBO’s “Girls.” Because obviously there was a problem. Gee, a role in “Girls,” or a star-making turn in the next “Star Wars” movie. Yeah, I can see how he would feel conflicted between those two choices. (Not really.)
Abrams will direct from a script he co-wrote with Lawrence Kasdan.
“Star Wars: Episode 7,” which is expected to launch an all-new trilogy of films by Abrams, will journey back to that galaxy far, far away on December 18, 2015.
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill are expected back from the original trilogy.