Star Wars: Episode VII’s first cast member appears to be Adam Driver, who’s in final negotiations to play the villain.
Girls” star Adam Driver has done the auteur thing—Clint Eastwood (“J. Edgar”), Noah Baumbach (“Frances Ha”), Steven Spielberg (“Lincoln”), Coen Brothers (“Inside Llewyn Davis”) and soon Martin Scorsese in “Silence”
According to Variety, the 30-year-old Girls actor will take on a villainous role “in the vein of” Darth Vader.
Driver has been in the running for a part for a couple of months, but his deal has only come together recently after ironing out scheduling issues.
The San Diego born actor was last seen on the silver screen in the Coen Brother’s Inside Llewyn Davis. In case you don’t remember, he’s the one that kept repeating “Please don’t shoot me into outer space!” in the background of the “Please Mr. Kennedy” number. Seems that J.J. Abrams didn’t catch that.
There are several ways to look at the “Darth Vader-esque” casting announcement. It may mean that he’s been cast across several movies as the main antagonist for the continuing series, or it could mean he will play a masked baddie that may be voiced by a different actor all-together like they did with David Prowse and James Earl Jones in A New Hope. Or it could just mean that he’s a major villain.