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UPDATED: From Fringe to Star Wars: Could John Noble be the villain in Episode VII?

Feb. 7, 2013by:

The dudes over at Moviehole have debunked the John Noble appearing in STAR WARS: EPISODE VII rumor. Turns out that not only did the DJs have no source to the rumor, they never actually said it. Thanks rumor-mongers!

Consider this one of the first casting rumors for STAR WARS: EPISODE VII. If it turns out to be true, I will be completely sold on whatever J.J. Abrams has planned for the movie.

An Australian radio show host claims that she "has it on very good authority that Aussie actor John Noble will be appearing as the villain" in STAR WARS: EPISODE VII. There is nothing to substantiate this, but now that this is out there, I want to throw my complete support behind it. John Noble did an incredible job as Walter Bishop on the recently concluded FRINGE (ahem, J.J. Abrams connection!) and played the scummiest bad guy not from Mordor in THE LORD OF THE RINGS. His performance as Denethor made me want to punch him in the face through the screen. But, that goes to show how perfectly he can portray a bad guy.

We have no idea what the plot of STAR WARS: EPISODE VII will be, but if we can get Noble in there, even as a good guy, I am in favor of the casting. it is always dangerous to cast before the script is even written, but going on the fact that George Lucas had written the basic outline for the next trilogy prior to the Disney merger lends to the possibility that Abrams and crew are trying to look to fill the concrete roles.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII will arrive sometime in 2015 or later.

Extra Tidbit: He eats like one evil motherf*cker
Source: ComicBookMovie

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3:07PM on 02/06/2013
Sure.
Sure.
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4:03PM on 02/06/2013

He'd be perfect

the man would fit the role of a star wars villan like hand to glove.
the man would fit the role of a star wars villan like hand to glove.
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8:28PM on 02/06/2013
I'd be excited about John Nobe in anything
I'd be excited about John Nobe in anything
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2:54PM on 02/06/2013

Yes YES A MILLION TIMES YES!!!

Disney better make this happen. This would be should awesome.
Disney better make this happen. This would be should awesome.
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8:53PM on 02/06/2013
Friggin' LOVE this guy. Seems too early to be talking cast or even characters, but he is so right for a SW baddie...
Friggin' LOVE this guy. Seems too early to be talking cast or even characters, but he is so right for a SW baddie...
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8:04PM on 02/06/2013
I'd be game for this, John Noble is a brilliant actor and was a lot of fun to watch as both Walter Bishop and Walternate on Fringe (I'm not fully caught up with it yet though). And I'm looking forward to hearing him voice Brainiac in Superman Unbound. If it's true, he's a sound choice!
I'd be game for this, John Noble is a brilliant actor and was a lot of fun to watch as both Walter Bishop and Walternate on Fringe (I'm not fully caught up with it yet though). And I'm looking forward to hearing him voice Brainiac in Superman Unbound. If it's true, he's a sound choice!
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9:10PM on 02/06/2013
Saruman was already Count Dooku, now another LOTR character will be a Star Wars villain. Will Andy Serkis be considered for a villain role as well?
Saruman was already Count Dooku, now another LOTR character will be a Star Wars villain. Will Andy Serkis be considered for a villain role as well?
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5:04PM on 02/06/2013
yeah ok...now Simon Pegg as a Smuggler.
yeah ok...now Simon Pegg as a Smuggler.
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3:09PM on 02/06/2013

Hell to the yeah

Great news. I loved him in Fringe and he was absolutely despicable in Ring 2.
Can we also get Michael Wincott as hisl right hand man, please.
Great news. I loved him in Fringe and he was absolutely despicable in Ring 2.
Can we also get Michael Wincott as hisl right hand man, please.
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8:00AM on 02/07/2013

awesome

played the bad guy in L.A. Noire..and in the new superman dc animated film.i say bring it on
played the bad guy in L.A. Noire..and in the new superman dc animated film.i say bring it on
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10:28PM on 02/06/2013
Would be great casting. Please let this happen!
Would be great casting. Please let this happen!
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6:41AM on 02/07/2013

So let's get this straight...

The script hasn't finished being written and it hasn't even been two full weeks since J.J. Abrams was announced as director, but somehow they're already casting roles in the film?

These kinds of articles disturb me because they clearly have no basis in reality and are published purely to generate traffic.
The script hasn't finished being written and it hasn't even been two full weeks since J.J. Abrams was announced as director, but somehow they're already casting roles in the film?

These kinds of articles disturb me because they clearly have no basis in reality and are published purely to generate traffic.
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1:18AM on 02/09/2013
bummer, cause that would have been cool!
bummer, cause that would have been cool!
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9:29PM on 02/08/2013
If the rumor were true I would be all for it. Haven't seen much that the guy is is but from what I've seen he would be awesome. I really enjoy his show Dark Matters on the Science channel. If in the new film I could see him playing a sleazy politician like Palpatine or perhaps a high ranking Imperial Admiral.

While we are on this topic can we start to speculate just who the villains will be? I imagine they are doing away with most of the expanded universe but I still feel that the Imperials
If the rumor were true I would be all for it. Haven't seen much that the guy is is but from what I've seen he would be awesome. I really enjoy his show Dark Matters on the Science channel. If in the new film I could see him playing a sleazy politician like Palpatine or perhaps a high ranking Imperial Admiral.

While we are on this topic can we start to speculate just who the villains will be? I imagine they are doing away with most of the expanded universe but I still feel that the Imperials would and SHOULD still be a major factor in the story. After all they only lost two leaders, there are hundreds of high ranking Imperial officers who could easily run their military. Maybe the Imperials have been beaten down into a small terrorist type military similar to how the rebels were. I think there are several cool ways they could still incorporate these classic villains into the storyline. Or do you think they will go with some kind of new sith presence? Curious to know what others think.
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6:28PM on 02/08/2013

Yes.

This guy as Darth Vader Bishop. Bring it on!
This guy as Darth Vader Bishop. Bring it on!
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4:02PM on 02/06/2013

love John Noble

...but this rumor sounds like something a DJ made up to get some attention - and job well done. People have been kicking this casting wish around since JJ took the job, and he has the pedigree - so some DJ took the gossip ball and ran with it. I don't like this kind of stuff, thought, because I feel like it can actually work against casting.
...but this rumor sounds like something a DJ made up to get some attention - and job well done. People have been kicking this casting wish around since JJ took the job, and he has the pedigree - so some DJ took the gossip ball and ran with it. I don't like this kind of stuff, thought, because I feel like it can actually work against casting.
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