‘The Tudors’ star Jonathan Rhys Meyers ‘in talks’ for ‘Star Wars’ role

Irish actor previously worked with new 'Star Wars' director JJ Abrams on 'Mission: Impossible III'

Jonathan Rhys Meyers is reportedly in the frame for a key role in Star Wars: Episode VII.

According to Latino Review, who previously reported that Harrison Ford would be returning to the franchise, the Irish actor is “in talks to star” in Episode VII.

The new Star Wars movie is being helmed by JJ Abrams, who previously directed Rhys Meyers in 2006’s Mission: Impossible III. Rhys Meyers’ other film credits include Match Point and Velvet Goldmine, but he’s probably best known for playing King Henry VIII on TV’s The Tudors.

Lucasfilm – which is now owned by Disney – has slated Episode VII for release in 2015 and hired Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt to pen the script. Original cast members Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill have all hinted very strongly that they will be returning.

Earlier this month (May), Lucasfilm confirmed that Episode VII will be shot in the UK – with production due to begin early next year (2014).