By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist March 12, 2014 at 4:17PM
Here's what we know so far: "Girls" star Adam Driver will be playing the villain in "Star Wars: Episode 7," while Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher are widely expected to return in one way or another. Any other details are on lock down for the moment, but a few more names have dripped out as possibilities for what Variety is calling "the right Jedi to challenge Driver and the evil empire."
According to the trade John Boyega ("Attack The Block"), Ed Speelers (aka Jimmy Kent from "Downton Abbey"), theatre dudes Matthew James Thomas and Ray Fisher, and the already-rumored "Breaking Bad" and "Friday Night Lights" star Jesse Plemons are in the mix to join the movie in an unspecified lead role. So what makes this round up of names different? Apparently, they "have moved to the top of the list in recent weeks" though the net is still wide open, with J.J. Abrams apparently looking for racially diverse cast.
Other than that, all one can do is fantasize about which one of these dudes looks better with a lightsaber. "Star Wars: Episode 7" arrives on December 18, 2015.