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Adam Driver Latest Name Linked to Star Wars

January 13, 2014  |  1:55pm
Adam Driver Latest Name Linked to <i>Star Wars</i>

Since the Star Wars reboot was announced, rumors have swirled around the film’s casting. Everyone from Benedict Cumberbatch to Michael B. Jordan reportedly had a meeting with J.J. Abrams.

Reports of interest in Jesse Plemons reheated the rumor mill. Plemons, the actor more popularly known as the dead-eyed neo-Nazi Todd from Breaking Bad, was reportedly in talks for a “lead role” in Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII, The Wrap reported last week.

There has been speculation whether Plemons, who has a similar appearance to Mark Hamill (as well as Matt Damon) is indeed in the running to potentially play Luke Skywalker’s son. However, readers may remember that Ryan Gosling was also rumored for a role last summer.

The Hollywood Reporter took it upon itself to figure out just who director Abrams is eyeing for Episode VII, and among the new names are Michael Fassbender, Hugo Weaving and Girls’ Adam Driver.

It’s been a busy few months of rumors for Driver, who last appeared in the Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis, as well as last night’s Season Three premiere of Girls. In the fall of last year, the 30-year-old star was reportedly in talks to play Nightwing—also known as Dick Grayson, the original Robin—in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel follow-up.

Driver squashed those rumors but he, as well as Disney and Lucasfilm, have remained quiet about Star Wars so far. The Girls actor has been a hot commodity of late, but his possible involvement in the Star Wars reboot is certainly not a lock. According to THR, Abrams is “casting a wide, wide net and meeting with ‘everyone’.”

Star Wars fans will have to keep their ear to the grindstone, with more rumors sure to come. As for answers? Perhaps we should all circle May 4 on our calendars.

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