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OTRC: Adam Driver to star in 'Star Wars: Episode VII' as villain?

Adam Driver appears at a press conference for the HBO show 'Girls' in New York on June 24, 2013. It was reported on Feb. 26 that the actor is in talks to play a villain in 'Star Wars: Episode VII.' (Munawar Hosain / Startraksphoto.com)

If he gets the part, there's a chance he may stuff a bunch of toilet paper in his mouth and scream with delight.*

Adam Driver, who stars in the HBO show "Girls," is in "is final negotiations" for a role of a villain in "Star Wars: Episode VII," the Hollywood Reporter said on Wednesday, Feb. 26, adding that "insiders believe that most of the top casting is quite far along."

Variety, another prestigious trade outlet, reported that Driver is "close to signing on to play the villain" in J.J. Abrams' film and that "the character is said to be in the vein of iconic 'Star Wars' villain Darth Vader."

The 30-year-old actor and Lucasfilm have not commented about the reports. No cast members for "Star Wars: Episode VII," the first movie in a new trilogy, have been confirmed.

Driver is best known for his role on "Girls," for which he received an Emmy nomination last year -- his first. He plays Adam Sackler, an aspiring actor and the boyfriend of Hannah, played by show creator Lena Dunham.

UPDATE: Lena Dunham jokingly congratulated Driver on Twitter on Wednesday.

"We're VERY proud of Adam Driver re: Star Wars." she tweeted. "He's about to rip a hole in da force. Is that a thing? I guess I should see those movies?"

"I confirm nothing bc I know nothing bc I'm on a plane with my dad!" she added. "I just like Adam more than almost anyone, and JJ Abrams a whole lot too."

Driver also appeared last year in the movie "Inside Llewlyn Davis" and in 2012, he had a part in the movie "Lincoln." The actor is a former Marine and studied drama at Julliard in New York.

"Star Wars: Episode II" is set to be released on Dec. 18, 2015. Filming is scheduled to begin this spring. Also, in February 2013, Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, said that the company was "in development of a few stand-alone films" that are "are not part of the 'Star Wars' saga."

"Star Wars" creator George Lucas, who sold his production company Lucasfilm to Disney in 2012 (watch a video of the announcement), confirmed in March 2013 that talks had been held with original "Star Wars" trilogy stars Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill about having them reprise their "Star Wars" roles in "Star Wars: Episode VII."

* "Girls" spoiler alert: Adam did this on an episode of the HBO show that aired on Sunday, Feb. 23.

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