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Star Wars Episode VII rumor: Adam Driver in talks to play the villain

Feb. 26, 2014by: Eric Walkuski

The latest STAR WARS: EPISODE VII rumor is a doozy - mainly because it's looking like it's the real deal. Both Deadline.com and Variety are reporting that "Girls" star Adam Driver is in talks to join the J.J. Abrams film as the lead villain! Wow!

As Variety puts it, details are unknown, but the character is said to be in the vein of iconic STAR WARS villain Darth Vader. I can't picture Driver being particularly menacing, but who knows what J.J. and Lucasfilm have in store?

Driver's name was also attached to BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN at one point, but Driver ultimately denied having any involvement in that. But if this pans out, Driver is about to become a household name. And who could have imagined that a year ago? Truth be told, the actor has been building up a very respectable resume of late, recently appearing in the Coen Brothers' INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, Steven Spielberg's LINCOLN and Noah Baumbach's FRANCES HA. He's currently working with Martin Scorsese on SILENCE alongside Andrew Garfield.

Extra Tidbit: We know you're not going to hold back on this one, so let loose: What do you think of Adam Driver as a potential STAR WARS bad guy?
Source: DeadlineVariety

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6:01PM on 02/27/2014
Well, this is clearly the proof they're looking for actors and not heartthrobs!
Well, this is clearly the proof they're looking for actors and not heartthrobs!
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3:03PM on 02/27/2014

charismatic guy

Saw him in Inside Llewyn Davis and Francis Ha and while his parts weren't that big, he kinda stood out in a good way. So I am looking forward to see more of him...
Saw him in Inside Llewyn Davis and Francis Ha and while his parts weren't that big, he kinda stood out in a good way. So I am looking forward to see more of him...
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2:08PM on 02/27/2014
I just wish they'd go back to casting hot guys as the imperial Villains. You know, like Peter Cushing and Ian McDiarmid.

/cough/
I just wish they'd go back to casting hot guys as the imperial Villains. You know, like Peter Cushing and Ian McDiarmid.

/cough/
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2:00PM on 02/27/2014

i can see it

dude is ugly no doubt and very strange looking, so putting him onto some kind of makeup could really work with his unique facial features, the acting side is a whole other question though...
dude is ugly no doubt and very strange looking, so putting him onto some kind of makeup could really work with his unique facial features, the acting side is a whole other question though...
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11:39AM on 02/27/2014
To everyone ragging on his looks, I wish your mommies would set the parental controls on the computer.
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I have no reason to complain. Never seen Girls, only saw him in Llewyn Davis.
To everyone ragging on his looks, I wish your mommies would set the parental controls on the computer.
.
I have no reason to complain. Never seen Girls, only saw him in Llewyn Davis.
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10:51AM on 02/27/2014
I get that his face might look unconventional for many people's standards, but understand you're being shallow ninkumpoop. Benedict Cumberbatch looks like an adult version of The Sherminator to me, but the dude kills it on screen. Look at at Jeff Goldblum. There's nothing wrong with not looking superficial.
I get that his face might look unconventional for many people's standards, but understand you're being shallow ninkumpoop. Benedict Cumberbatch looks like an adult version of The Sherminator to me, but the dude kills it on screen. Look at at Jeff Goldblum. There's nothing wrong with not looking superficial.
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9:19AM on 02/27/2014

No thanks

The only way I want to see this guy in Star Wars is if he is in heavy makeup and a side character, not the main f'n villain.
The only way I want to see this guy in Star Wars is if he is in heavy makeup and a side character, not the main f'n villain.
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8:56AM on 02/27/2014

Lou Diamond Phillips anyone??

This guy looks like a young LDP. I hope he wears a mask or A TON of makeup to hide that ugly mug.
This guy looks like a young LDP. I hope he wears a mask or A TON of makeup to hide that ugly mug.
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8:49AM on 02/27/2014
The beauty of Star Wars... it really doesn't matter what you look like, what your voice is like... because when the finished film comes out - most of the cast will probably be unrecognisable.

Whilst this casting is underwhelming to me right now - simply because the ONLY thing I know Driver for was that Nightwing rumour. - This film (bad or good) could make the guy, and anyone else that gets cast.

Personally I hope they cast a mix of newbies and well known actors. I normally quite like it
The beauty of Star Wars... it really doesn't matter what you look like, what your voice is like... because when the finished film comes out - most of the cast will probably be unrecognisable.

Whilst this casting is underwhelming to me right now - simply because the ONLY thing I know Driver for was that Nightwing rumour. - This film (bad or good) could make the guy, and anyone else that gets cast.

Personally I hope they cast a mix of newbies and well known actors. I normally quite like it when the leads are relative unknowns, but the supporting cast are known faces.
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11:39PM on 02/26/2014

This story makes no sense

How can he be a Darth Vader type villain? Vader wore a mask the whole time and the voice was dubbed by James Earl Jones. If they're doing that, why not just hire a body builder. Or are they going for a Anakin type villain? I'm hoping they don't repeat the "jedi turning sith" storyline we just saw in the prequels.
How can he be a Darth Vader type villain? Vader wore a mask the whole time and the voice was dubbed by James Earl Jones. If they're doing that, why not just hire a body builder. Or are they going for a Anakin type villain? I'm hoping they don't repeat the "jedi turning sith" storyline we just saw in the prequels.
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12:00AM on 02/27/2014
I would guess we will probably see his face at some point.
I would guess we will probably see his face at some point.
11:29PM on 02/26/2014
"Please Mr. Kennedy, don't blow up Alderaan"
"Please Mr. Kennedy, don't blow up Alderaan"
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10:36PM on 02/26/2014
I like the casting, and am glad that it's not some A lister, or super attractive male model type. I only wish the rest of the casting is low key like this, and not all big names.
I like the casting, and am glad that it's not some A lister, or super attractive male model type. I only wish the rest of the casting is low key like this, and not all big names.
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9:08PM on 02/26/2014
If this guy was cast in Batman vs Superman, which he almost was, a lot of you guys who are applauding this casting would be spraying vitriol. So it's good to know a lot of people will post negative things about BvS no matter what.
If this guy was cast in Batman vs Superman, which he almost was, a lot of you guys who are applauding this casting would be spraying vitriol. So it's good to know a lot of people will post negative things about BvS no matter what.
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9:59PM on 02/26/2014
Oh, lay an egg. That is TOTALLY different. This is an original character in an original film series. That is an adaptation of a character from a pre-existing source. That guy shouldn't play Nightwing, and furthermore an old Nightwing shouldn't be in our first introduction to the "Batman" universe. I'm more concerned about the idiots who defend any horrendous decision WB is makes with their DC Cinematic Universe.
Oh, lay an egg. That is TOTALLY different. This is an original character in an original film series. That is an adaptation of a character from a pre-existing source. That guy shouldn't play Nightwing, and furthermore an old Nightwing shouldn't be in our first introduction to the "Batman" universe. I'm more concerned about the idiots who defend any horrendous decision WB is makes with their DC Cinematic Universe.
8:35PM on 02/26/2014
I was just thinking yesterday what a shame it is that Darth Vader died in episode six, as it would be epic if he showed up in episode seven. I haven't read any of the books, but it would be cool if Darth Vader had an apprentice that no one knew about. He could show up in episode seven to avenge his masters death, and give him a suit similar to Darth's. Maybe even have him voiced by James Earl Jones again, but maybe that wouldn't work. Your thoughts?
I was just thinking yesterday what a shame it is that Darth Vader died in episode six, as it would be epic if he showed up in episode seven. I haven't read any of the books, but it would be cool if Darth Vader had an apprentice that no one knew about. He could show up in episode seven to avenge his masters death, and give him a suit similar to Darth's. Maybe even have him voiced by James Earl Jones again, but maybe that wouldn't work. Your thoughts?
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9:44PM on 02/26/2014
Nope
Nope
12:48AM on 02/27/2014
uh? so why do you say nope Brer B8a?
uh? so why do you say nope Brer B8a?
1:26PM on 02/27/2014
Vader does have a secret apprentice. It was the basis for the two Force Unleashed games. They hired an actor, his name escapes me, but he was in The Mist, BSG, and the American version of Being Human. I think his name is Sam? Anyway, that was considered "cannon" and whatnot. Never played the second game.
Vader does have a secret apprentice. It was the basis for the two Force Unleashed games. They hired an actor, his name escapes me, but he was in The Mist, BSG, and the American version of Being Human. I think his name is Sam? Anyway, that was considered "cannon" and whatnot. Never played the second game.
8:12PM on 02/26/2014
I haven't seen him in anything yet but it will be cool to finally see somebody get cast.
I haven't seen him in anything yet but it will be cool to finally see somebody get cast.
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8:09PM on 02/26/2014
Yeah! I could see it. He has a very villainous look and he plays a pretty good scummy (but complex) dude in Girls. I feel like he has the chops for it.
Yeah! I could see it. He has a very villainous look and he plays a pretty good scummy (but complex) dude in Girls. I feel like he has the chops for it.
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7:08PM on 02/26/2014

WHY NOT?

Could work. Haven't seen him outside of Girls, but he seems like a capable actor. Give him a helmet/mask of some sorts and I bet he'll be just fine (as a bad-ass villain)!
Could work. Haven't seen him outside of Girls, but he seems like a capable actor. Give him a helmet/mask of some sorts and I bet he'll be just fine (as a bad-ass villain)!
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7:06PM on 02/26/2014

I'll give him a shot...

This guy is by far the most interesting thing about the show "Girls" and quite literally the only reason I have continued to watch it, so I say good for him. Most likely being a main villian akin to Darth Vader is going to entail a lot of makeup design and/or costume stuff so I'm more interested in how he'll look than anything else, cause the dude can act and JJ's pretty good with casting. It's the other major players I'm really worried about. But who am I kidding. It's Star Wars. I'm gonna see
This guy is by far the most interesting thing about the show "Girls" and quite literally the only reason I have continued to watch it, so I say good for him. Most likely being a main villian akin to Darth Vader is going to entail a lot of makeup design and/or costume stuff so I'm more interested in how he'll look than anything else, cause the dude can act and JJ's pretty good with casting. It's the other major players I'm really worried about. But who am I kidding. It's Star Wars. I'm gonna see it even if it had monkeys playing most the parts... monkey star wars... that's an idea.
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7:09PM on 02/26/2014
Too-true!
Too-true!
6:54PM on 02/26/2014

Psst...

I have a source who tells me the deal is pretty much closed on this.
I have a source who tells me the deal is pretty much closed on this.
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6:39PM on 02/26/2014

Outer...

...Space!

Never watched GIRLS, but he made that song from INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS pretty damn catchy. I'm not sure if that's any indication of whether he can play a villain in STAR WARS VII, but picturing Darth Vader singing his parts of the song with a cowboy hat on made me laugh.
...Space!

Never watched GIRLS, but he made that song from INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS pretty damn catchy. I'm not sure if that's any indication of whether he can play a villain in STAR WARS VII, but picturing Darth Vader singing his parts of the song with a cowboy hat on made me laugh.
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9:24PM on 02/26/2014
LOLOLOL! Ever since reading this news, that's the only thing I've been singing to myself. Too hilarious.
LOLOLOL! Ever since reading this news, that's the only thing I've been singing to myself. Too hilarious.
6:25PM on 02/26/2014
This would be great casting. The guy is a great actor and I can definitely see him knocking it out of the park. Would bring much depth for a very vital role.

Plus, the guy owns every week on Girls and is the best character by far.
This would be great casting. The guy is a great actor and I can definitely see him knocking it out of the park. Would bring much depth for a very vital role.

Plus, the guy owns every week on Girls and is the best character by far.
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6:09PM on 02/26/2014
He was good and weird in Llewyn Davis I can see him being a villain for sure.
He was good and weird in Llewyn Davis I can see him being a villain for sure.
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6:04PM on 02/26/2014
He may be a bit too young to be a menacing villain.

Let's hope they're not going the CW/Twilight route.
He may be a bit too young to be a menacing villain.

Let's hope they're not going the CW/Twilight route.
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7:15PM on 02/26/2014
Why the hell would they do that? I bet Star Wars got way more fans than Twilight.
Why the hell would they do that? I bet Star Wars got way more fans than Twilight.
7:03PM on 02/27/2014
Why would they spend an entire movie on Anakin as a little kid?

I don't know.
Why would they spend an entire movie on Anakin as a little kid?

I don't know.
6:00PM on 02/26/2014

I have the inside scoop folks!

He is playing Jar Jar, who has turned into a Sith.
He is playing Jar Jar, who has turned into a Sith.
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8:39PM on 02/26/2014
BOOOOO! LOL!
BOOOOO! LOL!
5:59PM on 02/26/2014
AWESOME!!!!!

who?
AWESOME!!!!!

who?
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5:58PM on 02/26/2014
He looks like a pedophile, thankfully he's playing a villain, it's super easy to hate this guy.
He looks like a pedophile, thankfully he's playing a villain, it's super easy to hate this guy.
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7:04PM on 02/26/2014
I wish I could downvote you a million times! Not that I love the guy (Adam Driver) - but because you sound like a fucking retard. "He looks like a pedophile"? WTF!
I wish I could downvote you a million times! Not that I love the guy (Adam Driver) - but because you sound like a fucking retard. "He looks like a pedophile"? WTF!
10:34PM on 02/26/2014
LordMiz strikes me as a dangerous type. Someone who likes to cause trouble, and who judges people on how they look (The kind of face you want to punch is probably LordMiz's favorite saying). Until I came here, I was unaware that all pedophiles look like this actor, or that all of them have a specific look in general. Thank you LordMiz for educating us! I hope LordMiz never becomes a police officer.
LordMiz strikes me as a dangerous type. Someone who likes to cause trouble, and who judges people on how they look (The kind of face you want to punch is probably LordMiz's favorite saying). Until I came here, I was unaware that all pedophiles look like this actor, or that all of them have a specific look in general. Thank you LordMiz for educating us! I hope LordMiz never becomes a police officer.
12:49AM on 02/27/2014
Even Adam Driver would read that and get a laugh. Can't people be called pedophiles and it not be taken seriously? What's the world coming to?
Even Adam Driver would read that and get a laugh. Can't people be called pedophiles and it not be taken seriously? What's the world coming to?
2:06PM on 02/27/2014
I'm sure you look totally normal.
I'm sure you look totally normal.
5:32PM on 02/26/2014
The ghost of Obi-Wan Kenobi needs to appear to show this guy how to grow facial hair.
The ghost of Obi-Wan Kenobi needs to appear to show this guy how to grow facial hair.
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5:27PM on 02/26/2014
Star Wars has made how many actors household names? It didn't make anyone from the prequels household names, even Hayden Christenson.
Star Wars has made how many actors household names? It didn't make anyone from the prequels household names, even Hayden Christenson.
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5:39PM on 02/26/2014
Well depends what you consider a "household name"

Ewan MacGregor
Liam Neeson
Natalie Portman
Sam Jackson
Etc

Alot of these actors had already been famous but their work in Star Wars made them more recognizable to the casual movie fan/kids/teens. If you were expecting star wars to reveal the next Tom Cruise or Brad Pitt, then you are just delusional.
Well depends what you consider a "household name"

Ewan MacGregor
Liam Neeson
Natalie Portman
Sam Jackson
Etc

Alot of these actors had already been famous but their work in Star Wars made them more recognizable to the casual movie fan/kids/teens. If you were expecting star wars to reveal the next Tom Cruise or Brad Pitt, then you are just delusional.
6:38PM on 02/26/2014
Star Wars did not make those actors household names.
Star Wars did not make those actors household names.
6:55PM on 02/26/2014
Youre an idiot. Fact!!
Youre an idiot. Fact!!
7:33PM on 02/26/2014
the fact that is all you could come up with makes that accusation a self description.
the fact that is all you could come up with makes that accusation a self description.
8:40AM on 02/27/2014
the thumbs down prove my point
the thumbs down prove my point
12:43PM on 02/27/2014
no, it would mean there are other board members equally as idiotic as you. pedophiles likely support one another, but that wouldn't mean fucking children is okay simply because they they agree with each others position.

I mean, that is pretty basic logic and critical thinking. well done.
no, it would mean there are other board members equally as idiotic as you. pedophiles likely support one another, but that wouldn't mean fucking children is okay simply because they they agree with each others position.

I mean, that is pretty basic logic and critical thinking. well done.
5:21PM on 02/26/2014
weird looking dude that doesn't have much name recognition. thankfully it's Star Wars so you don't need to convince people to come or buy the toys anyways
weird looking dude that doesn't have much name recognition. thankfully it's Star Wars so you don't need to convince people to come or buy the toys anyways
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5:11PM on 02/26/2014
Say what you want about Girls but this guy is a real talent.
Hope he gets the gig! I am sure he will be awesome.
Say what you want about Girls but this guy is a real talent.
Hope he gets the gig! I am sure he will be awesome.
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5:10PM on 02/26/2014
Anyone involved in Girls should be taken out back and put down.
Anyone involved in Girls should be taken out back and put down.
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5:13PM on 02/26/2014
What a short sighted view.
I would rather take an excellent actor from a show I might not like than a weak actor from a genre hit show (i.e. half the cast of Walking Dead or even worse... SHIELD *shiver*)
What a short sighted view.
I would rather take an excellent actor from a show I might not like than a weak actor from a genre hit show (i.e. half the cast of Walking Dead or even worse... SHIELD *shiver*)
5:07PM on 02/26/2014

I say just have his direct character on "Girls" be the villain

A masturbating, psychotic actor who hates his gilfriends' friends.
A masturbating, psychotic actor who hates his gilfriends' friends.
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