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Variety bring word that Adam Drives 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. If Driver does indeed sign on for the role, he would be the first cast member to be revealed for Walt Disney Studios and Lucasfilm’s highly-anticipated ‘Star Wars’ installment, which will open in theaters on December 18th, 2015. The big-budget tentpole is scheduled to shoot at London’s Pinewood Studios in April. Additional cast members will likely be announced in the next month. ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ will continue the Jedi saga where ‘Star Wars: Return of the Jedi’ left off.
Adam Driver’s name had been rumored during the casting process, but in recent weeks he’s reportedly 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. Variety add that Disney was also rumored to be looking at Michael Fassbender and Hugo Weaving for the villain role.
At this point it seems that approximately 1823798 actors have been linked to ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ in some capacity. And while there’s been no official casting announcements to date, the likes of Michael Fassender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jesse Plemons, Adam Driver, Hugo Weaving, Michael B. Jordan, Jack O’Connell, Alex Pettyfer, Zac Efron, Saoirse Ronan and Sullivan Stapleton have all had their names connected with the film via various casting rumors over the last year or so. Additionally, it has long been expected that Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher will be reprising their iconic roles from the original trilogy.
Today you can throw a new name into the mix, as Gary Oldman, one of my favorite actors of all-time, has revealed to Sky Movies that that the team behind ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ have shown interest in getting him on board. Oldman admits that “they’ve called”, but doesn’t show any indication that he’s had official discussions. Check out the exchange below. With filming set to commence in the Spring, expect official word on casting soon.
Speaking to The Wrap on the promotional rounds for his new NBC series ‘Believe,’ J.J. Abrams revealed that the script for ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ is complete, and he also confirms that he’s talked with ‘Breaking Bad’ actor Jesse Plemons about a role. “We’re working really hard and we’ve got our script and we’re in deep prep,” Abrams told the outlet. “Full steam ahead, y’know.”
J.J. Abrams confirmed that Jesse Plemons is among the actors he’s speaking with, and expressed surprise about the reports of his talks with the actor. “He is one of the actors that we’ve talked to, yeah,” Abrams said. “But, you know. It’s not often that I read about actors that I’m going to be meeting … that I get to read articles about actors who are going to come in. And so I get to see someone and say, ‘Oh, I read that I’m going to see you.’ … It’s usually agents talking to people about what’s happening. It’s a lot of noise.”
Closely following a report linking ‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘Friday Night Lights’ star Jesse Plemons to the film, Heat Vision now bring word that Michael Fassbender, ‘Girls’ star Adam Driver and Hugo Weaving are rumored for ‘Star Wars: Episode VII.’ To date the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael B. Jordan, Jack O’Connell, Alex Pettyfer, Saoirse Ronan and Sullivan Stapleton have also been linked to the film via various rumors.
According to the outlet, ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ has changed significantly since Oscar winner Michael Arndt departed as writer in the fall, with duties taken up by director J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan, who co-wrote ‘Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back’ and ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark. ‘ Multiple insiders tell the outlet that the reason for the parting of ways was not due to a timeframe issue, as has been reported, but rather due to a difference in opinion of which characters to emphasize.
The Wrap are reporting that Jesse Plemons, who starred on both ‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘Friday Night Lights,’ is in contention for a lead role in ‘Star Wars: Episode VII.’ According to the outlet, Plemons is scheduled to meet with director J.J. Abrams next week to discuss the highly anticipated sequel, which is expected to bring back original stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford. Plemons has already taped an audition that was well-received by those involved in the casting process, and he’ll by flying in to Los Angeles from Austin, Texas for a second audition that will bring him face-to-face with Abrams. The Wrap add “two well-placed sources within the major agencies have told The Wrap that Plemons is a favorite to land one of the coveted lead roles in the “Star Wars” sequel; a third individual confirmed that Plemons is in the running and a serious contender.”
It was only a matter of time, but it has just been officially announced that the Walt Disney Company’s Lucasfilm Ltd. and Marvel Entertainment are joining forces to bring new ‘Star Wars’ adventures to readers across the galaxy. Marvel have been granted exclusive rights to create and publish ‘Star Wars’ comics and graphic novels beginning in 2015.
The agreement marks a homecoming for the ‘Star Wars’ comic books. Marvel Comics published the first Star Wars comic book, ‘Star Wars #1,’ in March 1977, which went on to sell more than 1 million copies. Marvel Comics published its ‘Star Wars’ series for nine years. In 1991, Dark Horse Comics took over the license, publishing fan-favorite titles like ‘Dark Empire’ and ‘Star Wars: Legacy.’ Last year, Dark Horse released ‘The Star Wars #1,’ an adaptation of George Lucas’ original rough-draft screenplay for the film, garnering rave reviews and national media attention and ranking among the top-selling ‘Star Wars’ comics of all time.