‘Star Wars’: Adam Driver to Play the Villain (EXCLUSIVE)

Adam Driver Star Wars

Adam Driver is ready to travel to a galaxy far, far, away.

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.” Exact details are unknown, but the character is said to be in the vein of iconic “Star Wars” villain Darth Vader.

Driver, 30, is the first cast member to be revealed for Walt Disney Studios and Lucasfilm’s highly-anticipated “Star Wars” installment, which will open in theaters on Dec. 18, 2015.

The big-budget tentpole, directed by J.J. Abrams, is scheduled to shoot at London’s Pinewood Studios in April. Additional cast members will likely be announced in the next month.

“Star Wars: Episode VII” will continue the Jedi saga where “Return of the Jedi” left off.

Abrams is producing with Bryan Burk and Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy.

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.

Abrams recently announced that the script he co-wrote with Lawrence Kasdan was finished and that they would begin zeroing in on casting decisions soon. Michael Arndt wrote the original draft, with Kasdan and Abrams taking over last fall.

Disney was also rumored to be looking at Michael Fassbender and Hugo Weaving for the villain role.

The studio had no comment on the cast.

While Driver has received acclaim for his role on “Girls,” he has become more in demand for high-profile features lately. The actor is currently filming Warner Bros.’ “Midnight Special” and is also attached to Martin Scorsese’s “Silence” starring Andrew Garfield and Liam Neeson. He is repped by Gersh and can currently be seen on the third season of “Girls” airing on HBO as well as the Shawn Levy pic “This is Where I Leave You” which bows this fall.

Disney has been quickly ramping up the “Star Wars” universe since buying Lucasfilm for $4 billion in October, 2012. In addition to the “Star Wars” films, the studio is developing theme park attractions, TV shows and an extensive line of merchandise.

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  1. Raya says:

    My name is raya I think adam driver is hot like he is so my kind of guy. Adam plays the role of kylo ren I think he looks way better without the mask. Love you adam driver.
    – RayaMcKay Porter

  2. dan D' man says:

    Hugo Weaving….Oh, Yea, what a villain He’d make…!

  3. Rack Am says:

    The new star wars is already RUINED by hipster nonsense. What’s next Michael Cera playing Luke’s son? Maybe Jason Schwartzman can play chewie…

    Daily Show making Lena Dunham/Jabba the Hut joke in 3…2…1….

    Cast that dude in a Wes Anderson flick. I’ll pay Fassbender.

    Don’t do it J.J.

  4. Jeff says:

    Disney will ruin it, like they did to the lone ranger and the wizard of oz. the only thing they are good for is kids’ animation.

  5. Zack says:

    It seems that most of you have already decided you are not going to like this movie, even though it has not even started full production, yet. Do the rest of us a favor and don’t see it! The GID (Geek In Denial) thing gets old with you pretending you don’t like anything Star Wars, yet you constantly troll articles and see the movies over and over, just to complain about them. Until you can make a better movie, just get over yourself…

  6. Zack says:

    Why can’t I post a positive comment on here?

  7. Robert says:

    Ok, I’m confused, how can this guy play Darth Vader, when Darth Vader Died at the end of return of the Jedi, when Luke removed Vader’s mask. Vader /Anikan was also cremated at the end of the movie

  8. Luke Hudson says:

    They chose that mongoloid over Michael fassbender and Hugo Weaving WTF… a) Michael and Hugo are FAR better actors than Adam Driver and big names is what is needed to save this sinking ship of a so called movie b) british guys make the best villians because we naturally sound evil lol imagine darth vader with a hillbilly accident – isn’t quite the same is it? c) FUCK YOU DISNEY you fuck up every film by making it cheesy you douchebags and FUCK YOU MICKEY MOUSE!!! Why oh why George Lucas? You created the most successful movie franchise of all time and you gave it to Disney… DISNEY!!! OMG are you retarded? d) If this film turns to shit I will personally destroy Disney. That includes burning both Disney Florida and Disney Pari to the ground and killing everybody involved in the film… apart from George Lucas and JJ Abrams because he did a good job with Start Trek.

    • Dart Vater says:

      Yeah i agree, James Earl Jones is a typical brit, hahahah
      let Daniel Craig, Clive Owen, Gerard Butler or why not let Colin Farell do a irish impression of a dark Sith lord.

      For some reason when Hollywood is going to depict a Viking or norse man, its going to be a scottsman or irishman thats doing the voiceover.

      Talk of making a stupid choice.

      See ya later, Dart Vater

    • Beat Me Up says:

      The guy looks OK and it’s the age factor. He has to roll with this SW crap for eons… he’s going to be in the other sequels so it makes sense to get a guy who does not have an in demand A-list career as is (plus he’s cheaper.) George Lucas deserves to spend some of his life away from SW and he punted SW a long time ago (the prequels suck…) And when the House of Mouse gives you near 4 billion, I don’t think it’s a giveaway. People like you are the reason great artists like Lucas want away from his creation. Who are you to go off like that? What contribution to humanity have you made? The days of SW being a great film/series died thirty years ago. And if you had half a brain other then a sour melon you’d realize (dumbass), that Kasdan WROTE the tow films after the original SW. Go educate yourself then get back to us.

  9. Nick says:

    this guy couldn’t look any more underwhelming as a star wars villain…

  10. issa says:

    for yal lthat dont know what happens after return of the jedi. YESS FUCKING YESS THANK YOU JEDI FOR NOT FUCKING THIS UPP, if you knew who exactly hes going to play and after seeing him on 1 episode ofgirls he fits well and so hype for the next saga

  11. Theodore says:

    I agree with John Borg. The ruining of this film will even further hurt the reputation of what “Anakin” and his shitty acting did.

  12. John Borg says:

    So it’s not about the movie or the story, it’s about the money. Honestly, it should have remained in a galaxy far far away. $ does not = style.

  13. Dillon says:

    Lets rock the vote with gary busey!

  14. Danno says:

    I feel a disturbance in the Force. Like a gigantic vortex of suck just started swirling in Hollywood…

  15. wonderful news for my young cousin! Go, Adam!

  16. Miley could play Lando calTwerkian.

  17. Gringot T. Tomas says:

    Sure is an ugly bugger. Scares me.

  18. Ed Guidry says:

    Great, another early-20-something villian. Anakin Skywalker wasn’t scary, he was annoying. Shouldn’t villains be grown men?

  19. Dave Speller says:

    Star Wars?? Still going on?? but I thought we WON??!!

  20. Coleen says:

    This TOTALLY sucks! There is nothing fearsome or imposing about this little twerp. Now I’m nervous.

  21. Bob says:

    Girls is garbage.

  22. MBrady says:

    We LOVE him on GIRLS. Stand-out. We rewind just to hear him say his lines again.

  23. Erik Martin says:

    It’s probably because of his outer-space-related experience from this scene from Inside Llewyn Davis http://youtu.be/9Aq4a7g_wdU

    Seriously though, this guy is my favorite actor from his generation. I’m thrilled about this.

  24. Chris Coxall says:

    This is not an exclusive – everyone is ‘suggesting’ this news while no one is ready to confirm…

  25. gutcheck5484 says:

    He should play Joey Ramone…

  26. MC Squared says:

    I wonder what will happen when someone points out that he looks Muslim? Oops.

  27. ONTIME says:

    Who is this dude?

  28. Boris says:

    Darth Vajajay.

  29. Obbers says:

    Nobody with any common sense believes that Girls is a higher priority than Star Wars.

    The reason they are worried is that Adam Driver is the only character on Girls who is worth watching. If he leaves the show, it will be cancelled.

  30. Tom says:

    Cried laughing

  31. Joe says:

    He’s gonna look awfully funny as an evil Ewok. I assume that’s Disney’s idea of a “villain?”

  32. Falsk Konto says:

    I’m holding out hope for the first good Star Wars installment since the first three, JJ Abrams is a pretty decent director, and without George Lucas’s booger-hooks out of the picture, they might just be able to pull it off. The Star Trek reboot is pretty good.

    • Xavier says:

      While I was OK with the original reboot, the whitewashing and ham-handed literal copying of “Wrath of Cumberbatch” was a huge embarrassment. I have no faith in Abrams and Star Wars.

    • FilmCritic says:

      You couldn’t be more wrong on everything you just stated :(

      • dan D' man says:

        I’m with you X…I enjoyed the reboot. It was the start of possibly a new lease on the wonderful SW universe.

        I really like Cumberbatch’s quirky style and delivery, I rarely miss any of his work. I opted out of the second SW movie as I felt (and still feel) it was a bad match, (besides not liking the whole story premise.)

        With the casting of Adam Driver as the antagonist, the third in this series might be the last, for the franchise.

        Correct decisions do not automatically come with a name. (Disney) Nor does it make anyone immune to sucky-ness.

      • Duder NME says:

        I agree with FilmCritic.

      • Joe says:

        Thanks for your in depth analysis of why he is wrong. I thought critics had thoughtful opinions? Yours sir was not.

  33. JM says:

    They might want to rent Rick Moranis’ helmet from Spaceballs if they want get a mask over Driver’s schnoz.

  34. Tim says:

    So this is going to be the new Emperor Palpatine (clone of him).


  35. forrest says:

    May the farce be with you! Star Wars became a joke after the very first two (episodes IV and V).

  36. V Woska says:

    I am kind of excited about this project. Note to Mr.Abrams; Please no JarJar Binks or Ewok type characters! ;)

  37. BC says:

    agree with all the others here – awful casting

  38. johnthekiwi says:

    Well at least he is used to working with grotesque mutants.

  39. @redcoloredglass says:

    Dude…Did they leave one of the internet connected computers unattended at the asylum where you are staying? You are seeing a whole team of psychiatrists, aren’t you?

  40. Xavier says:

    So, the Big Bad will be an evil Gungan? Okay …..

  41. Chris says:

    Star Wars villain? He makes Jar Jar Binks look like the Incredible Hulk.

  42. dave says:

    My expectations are really low. I’ll wait to watch in on cable in a few years.

  43. Karl says:

    I guess he is glad he doesn’t have to pound that tattooed round chick on girls anymore?

  44. ben says:

    Darth vader is dead…

  45. cimmerian77 says:

    What a joke! The original 3 Star Wars should have ended right there and then. These “prequels” or whatever they call them are just absolute SCHITT.

  46. Molton Lavas says:

    Wow look at the pick Lena Dunham is so beautiful. Glad she got the part

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