Feb 26 2014 5:20pm

Adam Driver Cast as the Star Wars Episode VII Villain

Adam Driver Star Wars villain

As if the casting of Jesse Eisenberg as a younger (maybe social media savvy-er?) Lex Luthor wasn’t enough for you, now you’ve got the latest in surprise villain casting: according to Variety, Adam Driver of Girls and Inside Llewyn Davis is in “final talks” to play the brand new villain in the Star Wars Episode VII and probably beyond.

Most famous for his role as Adam Sackler on Girls, Driver is the master of awkward and frightening charm. Or as Lena Dunham’s alter ego Hannah Horvath once put it “I thought he was murdery in a sexy way but what if he’s murdery in a murder way?” And apparently the Star Wars powers that be have been won over by just that. The only concern you should have now is if Adam is forced to wear a mask, because if he is, he won’t be able to deliver his trademark smirk.

Speaking of his role on Girls, the final scene of the show’s second season saw Adam breaking down Hannah’s door to rescue her, not unlike a certain Luke Skywalker. If he does show up in the new Star Wars, will he be breaking down the door for other reasons?

Either way, this guy is devilishly entertaining and might, as his character on Girls would say, bring back the force “real hard.”

Photo via Vulture

Greg Parker
1. WaggaWagga
Honestly, I have low expectations for this trilogy. I think one of the main reasons the original trilogy was so good, and so heartfelt, was that the creators had MOTIVATION to make it good. They weren't unbelievably successful yet or even well established and so they had something to prove. Now, with the already popular J.J. Abrams helming it, I don't foresee it being given the same level of care. No matter the quality of these new movies, the people behind it already know it will be overwhelmingly successful.

I hope I'm proven wrong though! Adam Driver isn't a bad fit, but he also isn't an amazing one.
Alright Then
2. Alright Then
Good to see this guy is still working. He's a professional, you know.
Lisamarie LiGreci-Newton
3. Lisamarie
I've never heard of this guy, but I have the same thoughts as WaggaWagga@1. Especially as I wasn't a huge fan of either of the Star Trek reboots - they were fun popcorn movies, but didn't feel like a uniquely Star Trek movie, they just felt like every other sci fi/adventure summer blockbuster. I'm worred Star Wars is just going to get the same treatment (and too much lens flare).

I understand that the prequels aren't the greatest thing ever (I enjoyed the, fwiw) but at least they still FELT like Star Wars.
Alright Then
4. DevinL skin, red eyes. I can see an Admiral Thrawn here. Wishful thinking? Probably...that's the trilogy that needs to be made.
Chris Nelly
5. Aeryl
@3, I liked the prequels too!

Alright Then
6. Oreo
@4, you and I are on the same wavelength. It's the trilogy we need, but is it the trilogy we deserve?
Alright Then
7. messermonster
I guess his role in Inside Llewyn Davis was good preparation!

Alright Then
8. Scotto
Isn't Darth Vader DEAD after RotJ, which is the sequel timeframe I assume it will be in? Unless they plan plenty of flashbacks, I don't see much use for a youngish Darth Vader..... wait a sec, J.J. Abrams is doing this. Didn't he do a lot of flashbacks in Lost? Oh crap, I've got a bad feeling about this....
Alright Then
9. Kileto
It didn't say he will play Vader. It said he may play a villain similar to Vader.
Alright Then
10. Scotto

My mistake. The email newsletter was talking about the "The New/Next Darth Vader". I misunderstood.
Dave Thompson
11. DKT
My guess is that what he has in common with Vader is he will be a Bad Guy and kill people.

Looking forward to hearing more casting news soon!

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