Jonathan Rhys Meyers is rumored to be the first actor cast for the much-anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII.
A report from Latino Review revealed that the Tudors actor is up for a currently undefined role in the film, set to be released in 2015. The seventh installment of the famous saga is the first Star Wars sequel that film producer and director J. J. Abrams will be working on.
Though widely known for his role as King Henry VIII in Showtime’s The Tudors, Meyers previously worked with Abrams on Mission Impossible III. Meyers has also worked with Star Wars alum Ewan McGregor in The Velvet Goldmine.
If signed, it is possible that Meyers would join the saga’s original trilogy stars Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, and Mark Hamill. The three have not yet confirmed their involvement, but Hamill revealed that he also has had talks with Lucasfilm about the upcoming project.
“I’ve only had one creative meeting about the new films, but I do remember saying: ‘We’ve got to find a proper balance between CGI and old-school models,’” Hamill said during a Star Wars event in Entertainment Weekly’s Capetown Film Fest earlier this month. “I want to have a more organic look so that we don’t get into Roger Rabbit territory. That’s just me! Don’t get too excited! I don’t imagine their top priority is what I want.”