The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Girls creator and star Lena Dunham is being asked to consult on the script for Star Wars: Episode VIII, citing the close working relationship between her and Adam Driver, who in January was all-but-confirmed to be cast as the central villain of Star Wars: Episode VII.
The report suggests that Driver’s villain character will figure prominently in the sequel trilogy beyond Episode VII, although Dunham was careful not to suggest as much when confirming THR’s report.
I mean, I don’t think I’m right for Star Wars, you know? Which, in a way, if you think about it, is exactly why I’m so totally perfect! I can’t have a single bias about this because I’m not sure I believe in any of it at all!
Dunham went on to say that she knew Star Wars was important to a lot of people of various generations and was going to her best to not “f-up too much, you guys.”
Dunham will be joining J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan in drafting what she says will be the most “psychologically dark” Star Wars film yet. When asked if the classic Star Wars films had an influence on her writing elsewhere, Dunham enthusiastically responded in the affirmative saying, “Yeah, well, Luke is a total whiny crybaby in the first movie, so there’s that.”
While on the face of it Dunham’s involvement is a controversial choice for the series, the response from industry professionals has so far has been fairly muted. Abrams has so far been coy on the matter, praising Dunham’s realistic portrayal of the process of maturity in adult women. “Without going too much into details,” Abrams commented. “These will be key scenes in the forthcoming trilogy.”
Though plot details for Star Wars: Episode VIII or any of the sequel trilogy films are practically non-existent at this point, Dunham did reveal that she's already written a scene in which an elderly Luke Skywalker climbs into a bathtub with an elderly Han Solo and the two discuss their emotions.
Star Wars: Episode VIII hits theaters in 2017.