Buckle in, kids, it's about to get Star Warsy on the internet. Variety is reporting that Adam Driver - supporting star of Girls and memorable presence in Inside Llewyn Davis - is in final talks to play the bad guy in Star Wars Episode VII. Sources tell the trade he's 'in the vein of Darth Vader,' which I think means a Sith Lord. Michael Fassbender and Hugo Weaving had been up for the part, and this is the role I was pretty convinced Benedict Cumberbatch was going to get last year. At least I think it is - JJ Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan have heavily rewritten the script, so a lot of old information may not longer be good.
Apparently Driver's Girls committment has been a hang-up; future seasons of the show could conflict with future movies, which means this villain isn't a Darth Maul one-and-done character.
Driver was also sought after for Batman vs Superman - somehow this weird, gangly dude has become the go-to actor for giant franchises. It's kind of cool that a non-traditional looking guy can get so much heat. That said, I think I like him best in character parts. What do you think of Driver as the new Darth Vader-esque baddie?
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