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It has been rumored for a while that Adam Driver (of 'Girls' fame) will be landing a role in J.J Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII, but now Variety are reporting that Driver has not just landed any old role, he's actually got the LEAD Villain!
"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," reads the report. "Exact details are unknown, but the character is said to be in the vein of iconic Star Wars villain Darth Vader."
Variety's source also suggests that the delay in Driver's announcement as the lead villain is mainly down to scheduling conflicts with his duties on HBO's popular 'Girls' show. It is thought that these scheduling issues extend way beyond the show's fourth season, which would suggest that Driver's villain is in this for the long haul.
If the new villain is going to be a Sith of the Darth Vader ilk, then Driver is a great choice to play him. At 6ft 3in tall, he has the height, but most importantly he has the charisma and ability to play such a key role. If this is to be the first casting announcement to come out of Star Wars: Episode VII, I will be a happy man.
It is expected that LucasFilm and Disney will confirm the appointment before the week is out.