That’s the word from Latino-Review, who says that “The Tudors” star Jonathan Rhys Meyers (who is also starring in NBC’s upcoming “Dracula”) is up for the lead in J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars” movie (which would be Episode 7, assuming he doesn’t continue on through 8 and 9, which I suspect is probably what Disney is hoping he’ll do).
Meyers and Abrams have previously worked together in 2006’s “Mission Impossible 3″, and he’s certainly a young and talented fellow. Meyers also has the YA adaptation “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” in the pipeline, but never you mind that one.
As per usual with an Abrams movie, not much is known about “Star Wars: Episode 7″, only that it is being scripted by Michael Arndt and will pick up where “Return of the Jedi” left off. Shooting is expected to commence later next year in the UK for a 2015 release date. Disney has that 2015 date penciled in for quite some time now, so it makes sense casting will be beginning very soon, with major pre-production this year for next year’s shoot.
Besides (potentially) Meyers, “Star Wars: Episode 7″ will co-star original “Star Wars” warriors Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher, though how big/small their roles will be in this new trilogy remains to be seen. I’m guessing mild cameos to tie it with the old one, but that’s just a wild guess on my part.
Either way, let’s all hope these little buggers make a comeback, too: