Now that Star Wars Episode VII has its director in JJ Abrams, it looks like the ball is rolling in the casting department. Rumor has it that period piece actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers is being looked at by JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot production.
Although it hasn’t been confirmed, word is circulating tha,t if Jonathan Rhys Meyers snatches up a role, it will be the second collaboration between the two. Meyers, who’s best known for his role on Showtime’s The Tudors, teamed up with Abrams for Mission Impossible III, so it definitely looks like a promising rumor, seeing as JJ Abrams is known to collaborate with a few favorite actors.
Right now Abams is still in the middle of promotion for Star Trek Into Darkness, but, as time passes, and the more it grosses, Abrams will eventually have to turn to his Star Wars obligations if he wants to get anything off the ground with the franchise, which he inherited from George Lucas.
The only other development from Star Wars Episode VII is that the original trio is said to return, making for a great reunion between Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher. This bit of news has been confirmed from several different outlets several times, and while it’s not known the extent of their roles, we know that they will be reprising their characters that started it all.
So far there’s no word on who Jonathan Rhys Meyers will go out for, but our guess is that it will be a villainous role, as he seems to really do well with those types of roles. In addition to his rumored Star Wars Episode VII involvement the actor will be seen opposite Liv Tyler and Daniel Huttlestone in the film London Town, and in NBC’s Dracula series.
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