Rumor: Jonathan Rhys Meyers in Talks for 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

May 20, 2013
Source: Latino Review

Jonathan Rhys Meyers

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.

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    New baddie.
    • Steven
      Clone Emperor - the right age for a clone to have matured naturally just like Boba and it stands to reason the Emperor would use the tech. Don't let the EU stop a 'cool' story!!!
      • DaveLister_JMC
        I wouldn't be opposed to that general direction as long as they don't make it about a third Death Star and another Sith apprentice.
        • Steven
          Couldn't agree more. My main concern is that Anakin was said to be what the previous six films centred upon, his rise, fall and redemption, so where does it go from there?? Unless Hayden is coming back as a 'force ghost' as he's in RotJ as such...
  • I love John Rhys-Meyers! He was amazing in Gormanghast!
  • timnimbus
    I loved him in August Rush. Does anyone else like that movie?
    • A_A
      I doubt it.
  • DaveLister_JMC
    This news is fine... They just really need to avoid another Hayden Christensen mistake. The main character for the whole six film arc should not be the weakest actor in the cast.
    • mistermysteryguest
      Weak direction doesn't help the actors either. Most of them were fairly dreadful in the prequels. Bad writing too. If Abrams brings Orci, Kurtzman or Lindelof on board for Star Wars, I give up.
  • michael
    good choice.....
  • Interesting news. Doesn't reveal anything conclusively, but definitely intriguing.
  • Xerxexx




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