Rumours link US actor with supposed Sith role

Girls actor Adam Driver is being lined up for a villainous role in Star Wars: Episode VII, according to reports.

Variety says that Driver, who has also starred in films such as Inside Llewyn Davis and Lincoln, is in negotiations to star in the sci-fi franchise and will play a character “in the vein of iconic Star Wars villain Darth Vader”. The report also claims that the deal was initially held up by Driver’s other scheduling commitments.

A host of actors have already been linked with the film: Judi Dench and Gary Oldman have both recently been rumoured to be taking on a role in the flick, while Atonement‘s Saoirse Ronan and The Wire actor Michael B Jordan have both revealed they have auditioned for roles.

Benedict Cumberbatch, who worked with director JJ Abrams on last year’s Star Trek Into Darkness, has also been linked to the project too and Zac Efron revealed earlier this week that he had held preliminary talks with the film’s producers.

More recently, meanwhile, it was revealed that Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford will reprise their roles from the original trilogy in the film. The trio portrayed iconic characters Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker and Han Solo in the first run of films.