With Star Trek Into Darkness in theaters, J.J. Abrams can now focus his attention on Star Wars: Episode VII for Disney and Lucasfilm. The film will start principal photography in early 2014, so there’s a lot of time to get the film together before J.J. Abrams first shouts, “Action!” Although no one has been officially cast in the new Star Wars movie yet, there are some rumors that suggest Abrams will be reunited with one of his actors.
According to Latino Review, Disney and Lucasfilm are looking to cast Jonathan Rhys Meyers in Episode VII. Meyers was featured in J.J. Abrams’ feature directorial debut, Mission: Impossible III in 2006. There is no official word on who the Irish actor would play in the new Star Wars movie.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers is best known for his leading role as King Henry VIII in Showtime’s The Tudors from 2007 to 2010. Meyers was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a lead role for his performance as King Henry VIII in 2008. He also co-starred with Scarlett Johansson in Woody Allen’s Match Point in 2005.
Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher are all expected to return to the Star Wars universe in Episode VII, but nothing official has yet been announced. Toy Story 3‘s Michael Arndt wrote the film’s screenplay, while J.J. Abrams will obviously be directing.
Star Wars: Episode VII will hit theaters sometime during the summer of 2015. There’s also a new animated series in the works, Star Wars Rebels, proving Disney will be pushing their Star Wars franchise across multiple media in the next few years.