We’re used to seeing him dancing like a loon, forlornly wandering the streets of New York or hanging out with his top off but Adam Driver, who plays Hannah’s on-off boyfriend Adam Sackler in Lena Dunham’s HBO dramedy Girls, is poised to take on an all together different role, in a galaxy far, far, away…
The 30-year-old actor, who has also featured in Frances Ha, Inside Llewyn Davis and Lincoln, is set to star in Star Wars: Episode VII.
And he’ll be leaving the role of the love interest far behind too, playing a villain in the upcoming instalment – a character that, according to Variety, will be “in the vein of iconic Star Wars villain Darth Vader.”
Though the news is yet to be made official, Driver’s Girls co-star Lena Dunham tweeted her support (before later saying she could “confirm nothing”):
We're VERY proud of Adam Driver re: Star Wars. He's about to rip a hole in da force. Is that a thing? I guess I should see those movies?
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) February 26, 2014
Adam Driver is something of a rising star – expect to see him in the Mia Wasikowsha-led Tracks and The F Word, alongside Daniel Radcliffe, this year, as well as upcoming releases This Is Where I Leave You, Hungry Hearts, While We’re Young, Midnight Special and Martin Scorsese’s Silence starring Liam Neeson and Andrew Garfield.
Star Wars: Episode VII, set for release in December 2015, is directed by Star Trek Into Darkness’ JJ Abrams and is rumoured to be welcoming back original stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher. The movie is due to start filming in London this year.
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