According to Variety, "Girls" star Adam Driver may play the villain in J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: Episode VII." Driver was first rumored for the project earlier this year. HuffPost Entertainment contacted a representative for Driver to comment on the report; this post will be updated if and when they respond.
Borys Kit first floated Driver's name as a possibility for "Star Wars" in an article for The Hollywood Reporter on Jan. 11. At the time, the website Latino Review noted that Driver was rumored for the film as far back as November of 2013, but that the "Girls" star was not going to wind up with a role.
My source back in Nov told me Adam Driver was a no go for Star Wars. pic.twitter.com/lshbEW7Y0r
— LatinoReview-Kel (@Latinoreview) January 12, 2014
On Wednesday, after the Driver news was published by Variety, TheWrap's Jeff Sneider noted that the "Star Wars" casting had been on his radar for months:
Known about Driver for months. It's why he had to turn down not one, but TWO Warner Bros. projects. Congrats to @KrollJVar for having BALLS.
— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) February 26, 2014
About one of those roles: Driver was rumored to star in "Batman Vs. Superman" for Warner Bros. as Nightwing (a report first posted by Sneider), but the deal never came to fruition.
"No, there's no truth to it," Driver told HuffPost Entertainment a week after the initial story broke in November of last year. "I don't know whoever put it on there. I don't know how these things get [started] -- I don't know how it first came about."
Despite that debunk, Driver has long expressed some interest in tackling broader material in addition to his indie roots. “I'm definitely trying to figure this all out as I go along, how to craft a career," Driver told The New York Times in an interview last November. "As things get bigger, I have days of depression, sitting in the house and wondering 'What are you doing? Is it even relevant?' [...] I'm not against Hollywood at all. I just want to be involved with good writing and work that has some kind of meaning."
Driver plays Adam on the HBO series "Girls." For more on his "Star Wars" rumor, head to Variety.
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