A month ago it was reported that Girls actor Adam Driver was up for a role in J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII. There weren't any specific details given at the time, but today we've learned that he's close to signing a deal in which he would play the main villain in the story. Variety reports that the character "is said to be in the vein of iconic Star Wars villain Darth Vader." Driver definitely has the look of a villain, and he might be the first official character in the new trilogy to be announced. Apparently he was up against Michael Fassbender and Hugo Weaving for the role. Those are both amazing actors, so Driver must have brought something pretty awesome and dark to the character that the others didn't.
The film is scheduled to start shooting at London’s Pinewood Studios in April, and it will be released in theaters on December 18th, 2015.