While it’s been quiet on the Star Wars: Episode VII front lately, actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers wants to dispel any rumors that he will appear in the much-anticipated new movie. Rhys Meyers co-starred in Abrams’ feature directorial debut, 2006’s Mission: Impossible III, so it would seem fitting that the 36-year-old actor might re-team with his director. But alas, he says the rumors are simply that.
“I don’t believe rumors,” said the Irish actor and model when Entertainment Weekly asked about the possible collaboration with Abrams. Jonathan Rhys Meyers is not usually in big summer blockbusters, so it would take a lot for him to join the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. In fact, the only blockbuster he has starred in was the aforementioned Mission: Impossible III. You’d think if anyone could lure him into a summer tent-pole situation, it would be J.J. Abrams.
Back in May, Latino Review was reporting a rumor that Disney and Lucasfilm were looking at Jonathan Rhys Meyers for a possible role in the new Star Wars film. While the news outlet didn’t specify who Meyers might play in Episode VII, Meyers himself points out the fact that the always seems to play the villain in movies. “I play bad guys because I look like one,” he says. “There’s something in my physicality that’s quite intense and lends me to being feral. I mean, I’d love to be this lovely relaxed guy doing rom-coms, but I just don’t get those types of offers. I suppose I’m forever sort of the antihero.”