Rumor: Jonathan Rhys Meyers in Talks for 'Star Wars: Episode VII'
After the swarm of rumors that circulated about who might be behind the camera for Star Wars: Episode VII, before J.J. Abrams was officially announced as director, it sounds like the casting rumors are heating up again. We've already heard plenty of talk about Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford reprising their roles from the original sci-fi saga, but now we have a rumor on a new young cast member for this sequel that will follow Return of the Jedi. Latino Review reports that Abrams' Mission: Impossible III star Jonathan Rhys Meyers is currently in talks for an unknown role in the anticipated sequel. More below!
Considering Rhys Meyers already has a working relationship with Abrams, that's a decent enough indicator. And while it's likely that the actor might have been contacted about a potential role, it seems like it's a little too early to have him being eyed for a specific role as the script isn't even completed yet. However, if Rhys Meyers is really in line for a major role, it would likely be akin to Ford's turn as Han Solo. It wouldn't be too hard to see the actor as a suave, swashbuckling sort of hero, but he might also make a pretty good villain as well. As for the validity of this scoop, the guys at Latino Review did have the villain for Star Trek Into Darkness pegged while Abrams flat out denied their claim. So we'll see how this pans out.