JJ Abrams announced recently that the script for Star Wars: Episode VII, which he co-wrote with The Empire Strikes Back’s Lawrence Kasdan, was finished, and this meant that casting could start to get underway.
Variety is reporting that the first possible cast member may have been found, although the deal is yet to be confirmed. After many rumours as to who will play the films chief villain (which included Michael Fassbender and Hugo Weaving), it appears that star of TV show Girls, Adam Driver (above), is set for the new Darth Vader-like role.
Driver’s name had been rumored during the casting process, but in recent weeks, the Indiana native has become Disney and Lucasfilms’ top choice to play the main villain.
The delay in making a decision was due to scheduling issues with “Star Wars” and his HBO show “Girls.” Sources say it’s not just Season 4 that was the hangup, but also future seasons, since future “Star Wars” installments could also coincide with upcoming seasons of the HBO Lena Dunham comedy.
Sources are now telling Variety that scheduling issues have been resolved and that a deal should be finalized in the coming days.
The original cast of Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher are expected to appear in some capacity.
Here’s Disney’s official announcement about the release date for Star Wars: Episode VII from last year:
With pre-production in full-swing, a confirmed release date of December 18, 2015, has been set for Lucasfilm’s highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII.
“We’re very excited to share the official 2015 release date for Star Wars: Episode VII, where it will not only anchor the popular holiday filmgoing season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture,” said Alan Horn, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios.
Star Wars: Episode VII will be directed by J. J. Abrams (Super 8, Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek)and is being scripted by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi). Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, with Tommy Harper (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Jack Ryan, Star Trek Into Darkness) and Jason McGatlin (Tintin, War of the Worlds) serving as executive producers. John Williams is returning to score Star Wars: Episode VII.
Shooting is scheduled to begin spring 2014 at Pinewood Studios.