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Will a star from Mission Impossible 3 visit a galaxy far, far away in Star Wars: Episode VII?

05.20.2013

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Ever since STAR WARS: EPISODE VII was officially announced there have been a lot of rumors about casting, especially involving original cast members Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill. But there hasn't been any solid news on which actors will be joining the franchise for the first time until now.

A source for Latino-Review has told the website that an actor that previously worked with director J.J. Abrams before in MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 3 is in talks to star in STAR WARS: EPISODE VII. Which actor you ask?

Jonathan Rhys-Meyers.

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Meyers has also starred in films such as FROM PARIS WITH LOVE, BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM and TITUS but he is probably most known for playing King Henry VIII on Showtime's The Tudors.  No news on who Meyers will be playing in STAR WARS: EPISODE VII and it's doubtful we'll hear a confirmation or a denial from someone involved with the film anytime time soon.

Jonathan Rhys-Meyers would be an outstanding addition to the new movie but until I read an actual official announcement on any STAR WARS: EPISODE VII related news I'm taking all rumors that surface with a major grain of salt. This rumor sounds fairly legit but there's always a chance that it's complete bullshit and even if it is true Meyers might turn the part down for whatever reason. It does sound like the studio is officially looking for new cast members so there could be new rumors surfacing in the near future.

Production on STAR WARS: EPISODE VII is set to start next year and should be in theaters sometime in 2015.

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Extra Tidbit: Jonathan Rhys-Meyers also had a cameo in the fantastic 2008 dark comedy A FILM WITH ME IN IT starring Dylan Moran (Channel 4's Black Books, SHAUN OF THE DEAD, RUN FATBOY RUN).
Source: Latino-Review

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8:53PM on 05/21/2013
If we are suppose to treat this rumor with a grain of salt, how did it come out?
If we are suppose to treat this rumor with a grain of salt, how did it come out?
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4:50AM on 05/21/2013

So does this mean...

they've finished the first draft of the script and are now casting roles?
they've finished the first draft of the script and are now casting roles?
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9:26PM on 05/20/2013
When you said MI:3, I thought it was going to be Simon Pegg.

Or maybe Philip Seymour Hoffman.
When you said MI:3, I thought it was going to be Simon Pegg.

Or maybe Philip Seymour Hoffman.
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9:25PM on 05/20/2013
Bring back Ewan MacGregor and put him in the hands of someone who can actually direct this time.
Bring back Ewan MacGregor and put him in the hands of someone who can actually direct this time.
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6:36PM on 05/20/2013
I'm not a huge fan of his. He could work as a character being turned to the dark side or in turmoil. Like Hayden Christensen, he's better at playing a conflicted character (like Match Point), than a heroic leading man.
I'm not a huge fan of his. He could work as a character being turned to the dark side or in turmoil. Like Hayden Christensen, he's better at playing a conflicted character (like Match Point), than a heroic leading man.
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3:48PM on 05/20/2013

I don't buy it.

He's in his Downey Jr on a Downfall phase right now. He had some potential and was pushed as the Next Big Thing for a little while, but his raging alcoholism really burnt bridges in Hollwood (it's why he's basically disappeared from mainstream films in the last few years and wasn't asked to reprise his role in M:I4). He's been arrested a few times already and is considered a liability - he's also not a box office draw (his leading man films have flopped) so for studios it's sort of a lose-lose
He's in his Downey Jr on a Downfall phase right now. He had some potential and was pushed as the Next Big Thing for a little while, but his raging alcoholism really burnt bridges in Hollwood (it's why he's basically disappeared from mainstream films in the last few years and wasn't asked to reprise his role in M:I4). He's been arrested a few times already and is considered a liability - he's also not a box office draw (his leading man films have flopped) so for studios it's sort of a lose-lose situation hiring him. Unless he's completely sobered up in private and made a personal appeal to Abrams, I very, very much doubt this rumour is true -- and is most likely something he and his agent conjured up themselves to 'put it out there.' Sometimes agents do exactly that in the hopes that the rumour-mongering will actually make it so.
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2:12PM on 05/20/2013

post-op leia.

come on slave outfit!!!!!!!!
come on slave outfit!!!!!!!!
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1:46PM on 05/20/2013

post-op leia.

come on slave outfit!!!!!!!!
come on slave outfit!!!!!!!!
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1:05PM on 05/20/2013
he'd be a good villain.
he'd be a good villain.
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1:05PM on 05/20/2013

Josh Holloway

Was really hoping this was Josh Holloway. Especially with the Abrams-LOST link. He could pull off a great smuggler/Han type role.
Was really hoping this was Josh Holloway. Especially with the Abrams-LOST link. He could pull off a great smuggler/Han type role.
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1:14PM on 05/20/2013
That would of been awesome.
That would of been awesome.
2:49PM on 05/20/2013
I wasn't thinking that at all because it said Mission Impossible 3, not ghost protocol, but that would have been cool
I wasn't thinking that at all because it said Mission Impossible 3, not ghost protocol, but that would have been cool
12:43PM on 05/20/2013

It's Star Wars I'll love it either way but....

As long as Jar Jar is decapitated in the opening scene, I'm down with this 100%.
As long as Jar Jar is decapitated in the opening scene, I'm down with this 100%.
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12:20PM on 05/20/2013

Very fitting for a Jedi or Sith.

Perhaps he can be Solo's son.
Perhaps he can be Solo's son.
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12:06PM on 05/20/2013
This would be awesome casting and a step forward in the right direction. The guy is a good actor and totally owned as King Henry VIII on The Tudors. Hopefully this rumor turns out to be true because he would make for a great, refreshing addition to this new trilogy and franchise.

Now cast Mark Strong as a Jedi.
This would be awesome casting and a step forward in the right direction. The guy is a good actor and totally owned as King Henry VIII on The Tudors. Hopefully this rumor turns out to be true because he would make for a great, refreshing addition to this new trilogy and franchise.

Now cast Mark Strong as a Jedi.
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11:59AM on 05/20/2013

Darth Cruise

If it had to be anyone from MI3 it should have been Cruise. The dude loves sci-fi, he's crazier than shit and he's a fucking great actor. Fuck, imagine him channeling Vincent from Collateral but as a Sith.

JRM? Don't like him at all. He looks like he's wearing someone else's face,
If it had to be anyone from MI3 it should have been Cruise. The dude loves sci-fi, he's crazier than shit and he's a fucking great actor. Fuck, imagine him channeling Vincent from Collateral but as a Sith.

JRM? Don't like him at all. He looks like he's wearing someone else's face,
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9:24PM on 05/20/2013
Cruise??!? Wouldn't happen in a million years. Also, you said it yourself, he's crazier than shit. Also, love him or hate him, he's such a massive celebrity that it's likely his persona would overshadow the movie.
Cruise??!? Wouldn't happen in a million years. Also, you said it yourself, he's crazier than shit. Also, love him or hate him, he's such a massive celebrity that it's likely his persona would overshadow the movie.
11:58AM on 05/20/2013

Darth Cruise

If it had to be anyone from MI3 it should have been Cruise. The dude loves sci-fi, he's crazier than shit and he's a fucking great actor. Fuck, imagine him channeling Vincent from Collateral but as a Sith.

JRM? Don't like him at all. He looks like he's wearing someone else's face,
If it had to be anyone from MI3 it should have been Cruise. The dude loves sci-fi, he's crazier than shit and he's a fucking great actor. Fuck, imagine him channeling Vincent from Collateral but as a Sith.

JRM? Don't like him at all. He looks like he's wearing someone else's face,
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12:08PM on 05/20/2013
I would LOVE to see Cruise in this, but he may be TOO big of a star for most people to see him in this.

I for one would love to see Cruise as a Jedi Master or even a villain since he can easily do a good guy and bad guy at the drop of a hat.
I would LOVE to see Cruise in this, but he may be TOO big of a star for most people to see him in this.

I for one would love to see Cruise as a Jedi Master or even a villain since he can easily do a good guy and bad guy at the drop of a hat.
11:46AM on 05/20/2013
You know what, he and Ewan McGregor could pass off as brothers. If they want to do a time travel thing (no, not an actual suggestion).
You know what, he and Ewan McGregor could pass off as brothers. If they want to do a time travel thing (no, not an actual suggestion).
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11:20AM on 05/20/2013

DO NOT WANT

Dammit. This guy blows. There's a reason nobody puts him in anything anymore. He ruined what would have been a great movie in Match Point with his stupid whiney whisper talking. Of all the 'good looking but that's about it' guys in Hollywood, he might be the worst IMO. Hopefully just a (terrible) rumor.
Dammit. This guy blows. There's a reason nobody puts him in anything anymore. He ruined what would have been a great movie in Match Point with his stupid whiney whisper talking. Of all the 'good looking but that's about it' guys in Hollywood, he might be the worst IMO. Hopefully just a (terrible) rumor.
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11:15AM on 05/20/2013
Was in a bar in Dublin, Ireland about 2 years ago when all of a sudden a group of women started to gather around me, Is this my lucky day? I thought. No, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers had just come in and was standing behind me.
True Story :)
Was in a bar in Dublin, Ireland about 2 years ago when all of a sudden a group of women started to gather around me, Is this my lucky day? I thought. No, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers had just come in and was standing behind me.
True Story :)
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11:09AM on 05/20/2013
Please keep Pegg away from this unless it's only a voice over. I want lesser known actors in it.
Please keep Pegg away from this unless it's only a voice over. I want lesser known actors in it.
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10:40AM on 05/20/2013

I'm expecting...

Simon Pegg to end up in the film. Possibly as the voice of an alien, but has become one of JJ's go-to-guys.
Likewise, I expect to see (or hear) Greg Grunberg in there somewhere.
Also - can we expect Zoe Saldana to pop up? She's in the Trek franchise, she was in the Pirates of The Caribbean franchise, she's to be in The Avengers franchise... surely Wars would place her on the "in everything we watch" Hall of Fame.
Simon Pegg to end up in the film. Possibly as the voice of an alien, but has become one of JJ's go-to-guys.
Likewise, I expect to see (or hear) Greg Grunberg in there somewhere.
Also - can we expect Zoe Saldana to pop up? She's in the Trek franchise, she was in the Pirates of The Caribbean franchise, she's to be in The Avengers franchise... surely Wars would place her on the "in everything we watch" Hall of Fame.
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11:21AM on 05/20/2013
Greg Grunberg is J.J.'s good-luck charm. He's the only one I'm expecting to see/hear.
Greg Grunberg is J.J.'s good-luck charm. He's the only one I'm expecting to see/hear.
10:38AM on 05/20/2013
I really like Rhys-Meyers, and it's cool because he'd be a good fit playing either hero or villain. I know he's had some issues with alcohol abuse in the past, but here's to hoping he can keep it all behind him and be a part of the new trilogy.
I really like Rhys-Meyers, and it's cool because he'd be a good fit playing either hero or villain. I know he's had some issues with alcohol abuse in the past, but here's to hoping he can keep it all behind him and be a part of the new trilogy.
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10:37AM on 05/20/2013
Always found him to be an unlikable, smug asshole. But I guess he's a decent enough actor.
Always found him to be an unlikable, smug asshole. But I guess he's a decent enough actor.
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10:35AM on 05/20/2013
I have no problem with it.
I have no problem with it.
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10:10AM on 05/20/2013

phew!

anyone BUT Simon Pegg!! Id want as many lesser known actors as possible. Seeing Pegg mugging at the camera would take me straight out of the film. Besides, the idea that he's 'one of us' is bullshit these days as anyone who's read his twitter feed will attest ,he's just become another arrogant H'wood asshole.
anyone BUT Simon Pegg!! Id want as many lesser known actors as possible. Seeing Pegg mugging at the camera would take me straight out of the film. Besides, the idea that he's 'one of us' is bullshit these days as anyone who's read his twitter feed will attest ,he's just become another arrogant H'wood asshole.
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9:25AM on 05/20/2013

After reading the headline I hoped...

....it was Simon Pegg...sigh...
....it was Simon Pegg...sigh...
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10:32AM on 05/20/2013
I like Pegg but not for Star Wars....
I like Pegg but not for Star Wars....
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