‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Rumor: ‘Girls’ Star Adam Driver Near Deal to Play Villain

By February 26, 2014

We’re getting closer and closer to the start of production on Star Wars: Episode VII, and that means official casting decisions are imminent for the highly-anticipated J.J. Abrams film. In the meantime, all the trades have their feelers out for any hint of information they can get, and Variety may have just scored a big scoop: their sources tell them “Girls” star Adam Driver is nearing a deal to play the main villain.

Nothing has been officially signed yet, but this would make sense considering Driver reportedly auditioned for Abrams not too long ago. The outlet says his villainous character is in the vein of Darth Vader. What does that really mean, though? Does he dress in black? Does he wear a mask? Is he a Sith Lord? Until we hear more details, everything is just speculation and white noise.

Apparently the reason for the delay in making this official came down to scheduling between not only the upcoming season of the HBO series, but future seasons as well, since the filming of upcoming Star Wars entries may conflict with upcoming seasons of “Girls.” Guess that means this character doesn’t die in Episode VII, then.

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I don’t watch “Girls,” but I like what I’ve seen of Driver so far. The 30-year-old actor had a small role in the Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis last year, and has appeared in films like Frances Ha, Lincoln, and J. Edgar. Can he be a convincing threat to the galaxy in the Star Wars universe? We’ll have to wait and see if he ends up signing on, but I’m interested in hearing what you guys think of this (potential) casting in the comments below.

Star Wars: Episode VII hits theaters on December 18th, 2015.

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  • Mark Reynolds

    Driver would be an awesome choice, but I would honestly rather have him making better movies than star wars 7-15.

    • I hear you on that. Hopefully Abrams (who has always been more of a Star Wars fan than a Star Trek fan) will be able to create something worthwhile.