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'Girls' Star Adam Driver To Play Darth Vader-Esque Villain In 'Star Wars: Episode 7'

by Kevin Jagernauth
February 26, 2014 3:27 PM
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Adam Driver, Star Wars Episode VII

"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"—but now's getting his blockbuster shoes on, joining the biggest damn franchise in the planet galaxy.

Variety reports that the actor has bagged the villain role in J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: Episode 7." Since he is the first actor to be officially signed on to the sequel, naturally, plot details are being kept under wraps, though he is said to be playing a character in the vein of Darth Vader (though let's hope he's not related to him in some way). Michael Fassbender and Hugo Weaving were also named as contenders for the part, but for whatever reason, they did not nab the role.

Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams have penned the script, taking over from Michael Arndt last fall, and things are ramping up for a shoot that begins next month at Pinewood London. Which means that more official casting will be coming very soon.

This first reveal is a pretty exciting one, and we're stoked to see Driver take the tentpole leap with such a potentially meaty role. Thoughts? You know where to leave 'em.

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  • RoscoLittle | February 27, 2014 3:52 AMReply

    Is the new villain a weasel? Because Adam Driver is not really the Vader-type.

  • Andy Cox | February 27, 2014 2:46 AMReply

    my goofy funny little cousin as a big bad from Star Wars best nerd dream ever

  • shanewanker | February 27, 2014 1:35 AMReply

    im loving this to death!! adam is a friend of mine from childhood. i used to work with his stepdad... small town makes it big!!! congrats adam!!

  • Jones | February 26, 2014 11:21 PMReply

    Depending on where they start my guess is that he'll be Luke's evil nephew. Which would be "in the vein of Darth Vader"

  • Derp | February 26, 2014 10:44 PMReply

    Ooooo, Darth Vaderesque? Like.. a Sith Dark Lord? Like the at least dozen of them created so far? JJ's just setting us up. Looking at the actor, it looks like Yak Face is the villain in Ep VII

  • shanewanker | February 27, 2014 1:36 AM

    hes gonna blow your mind in that role

  • Jasper | February 26, 2014 9:00 PMReply

    Darth Plaugueis folks!

  • sonny | February 27, 2014 3:30 AM

    Not bloody likely. Do u even know your star wars jargon? Because if u did you would know plageus is long dead before Vader. He was palpatines master

  • L | February 26, 2014 7:33 PMReply

    I'm glad he's doing (huge) things outside of Girls. He's too good an actor for that dreck.

  • daniel | February 26, 2014 7:31 PMReply

    please mr. kennedy

  • Frank | February 26, 2014 5:43 PMReply

    "... and by 'Darth Vader-esque,' we mean he is a villain in a Star Wars movie."

  • LA2000 | February 26, 2014 4:43 PMReply

    Oh, lord. I see where this is going. Another CW-style reboot, like "Star Trek", featuring a cast of 20-somethings running the galaxy. "Star Wars" Juniors! High school with light sabers!


  • Your Mom | February 26, 2014 8:36 PM

    Matt Smith has also been rumored

  • cattt | February 26, 2014 4:56 PM

    Other people rumoured/confirmed for this film: Gary Oldman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Hugo Weaving, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher.

  • cory everett | February 26, 2014 4:54 PM

    FYI: Carrie Fisher was 21, Mark Hamill was 26, Harrison Ford was 35 during the first STAR WARS. Driver will be 31 later this year.

  • rodie | February 26, 2014 4:38 PMReply

    Driver can look creepy as f&^%. I can imagine him with a little makeup, slight alien look or just is regular face looking frightening.

  • Dano | February 26, 2014 8:59 PM

    Here comes the cast of scrawny and exceptionally dorky looking young folks.


  • Rosie | February 26, 2014 4:21 PMReply

    What do you mean by a villain in the same vein as Darth Vader? Exactly how? And couldn't Abrams, Kennedy and company create a villain that is entirely new?

  • Shane | February 26, 2014 11:02 PM

    Dude is far from Scrawny, he's at least 6'3" and goes about 230-250. He's an amazing actor and a fantastic fit for that role.

  • jay | February 26, 2014 6:10 PM

    No, the plot to Star Wars has already been written. It just depends on where they feel like picking up with it in Episode VII. It means he'll be Sith.

  • Will | February 26, 2014 4:32 PM

    It probably means that he won't be shooting lightning bolts out of his hands, but more likely punching people in the face with a lightsaber.

  • Anonymouse | February 26, 2014 4:14 PMReply

    very inspired casting. love this. finally a large tent-pole film that casts an actor based on talent and not profitability.

  • Marko | February 26, 2014 4:10 PMReply

    Just watch. They'll announce that he'll be playing a character named Garth Vator, who they'll insist is in no way related Darth Vader whatsoever.

  • md | February 26, 2014 4:00 PMReply

    meaty roles in tentpoles are full of empty calories.

  • smrtmnky | February 26, 2014 3:36 PMReply

    he got it because he's younger than the other two and probs not as expensive.

  • Meh | February 26, 2014 6:21 PM

    Do you really think that the Star Wars franchise has to worry about budget?

  • Mitchell | February 26, 2014 3:33 PMReply

    From the Variety article:

    "Sources tell Variety that while no deal is done yet, the “Girls” actor is close to signing on to play the villain in J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode VII.”'

    Not official yet.

  • yer | February 26, 2014 3:31 PMReply

    Clint Eastwood isn't an auteur and neither is Spielberg (although I'd hear out arguments for him). How does this guy keep getting so much work?

  • Brad | February 27, 2014 6:01 AM

    Moron. There are many definitions of auteur (going from French critics to Sarris to more contemporary views of the term). Is an auteur someone who imparts personal qualities onto genre fare? An artist who grows and evolves with every film? Someone with a firm control on all aspects of production? The word has changed and to openly declare that a director or directors do not fit your inadequate view of the term is ludicrous.

  • buddy | February 26, 2014 8:53 PM

    Since Eastwood directs, produces, acts in and even writes scores for his films, I think that qualifies as auteur, regardless of what you think of the quality of his work.

  • Ben | February 26, 2014 6:21 PM

    Looked it up at dictionary-dot-com:

    "a filmmaker whose individual style and complete control over all elements of production give a film its personal and unique stamp."

    So, I think Spielberg qualifies. Gives Eastwood at least a "well... sorta, I guess."

  • T | February 26, 2014 4:44 PM

    Didn't Eastwood sing a song for gran torino?

  • Davey | February 26, 2014 3:56 PM

    He gets so much work because he's a really damn good actor.

  • d | February 26, 2014 3:53 PM

    What's your personal definition of auteur?

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