While we’re still awaiting official casting announcements from Lucasfilm and Disney about Episode VII, Variety is reporting that actor Adam Driver is very close to a deal to play the villain in Episode VII. Here is what Variety is reporting:
Sources tell Variety that while no deal is done yet, the “Girls” actor is close to signing on to play the villain in J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode VII.” Exact details are unknown, but the character is said to be in the vein of iconic “Star Wars” villain Darth Vader.
Driver’s name had been rumored during the casting process, but in recent weeks, the Indiana native has become Disney and LucasFilms’ top choice to play the main villain.
The delay in making a decision was due to scheduling issues with “Star Wars” and his HBO show “Girls.” Sources say it’s not just Season 4 that was the hangup, but also future seasons, since future “Star Wars” installments could also coincide with upcoming seasons of the HBO Lena Dunham comedy.
Sources are now telling Variety that scheduling issues have been resolved and that a deal should be finalized in the coming days.
This of course should still be treated as a rumor until we get the official casting announcement from Lucasfilm and Disney, which hopefully will not be too far off, as shooting is scheduled to start in May.
You can check out the full report about Adam Driver over at Variety.