With the shooting start date for Star Wars Episode VII slated to begin shortly — four months to be exact — we are getting to that time in the pre-production process where casting announcements will need to be made official. Earlier this weekend we got further word on Mark Hamill getting back to the gym to prepare for reprising Luke Skywalker, but other than the original cast, no names that have popped up in rumors ave managed to stick.
One of the first non-Original Trilogy names to pop up early in the process was Jonathan Rhys Meyers. The actor had previously worked with J.J. Abrams, and like many other that have done the same, Meyers was brought up as a possibility to play a part in the new films.
Meyers addressed those rumors with Entertainment Weekly and swiftly swatted them aside.
But the 36-year-old actor — who has starred in films like Velvet Goldmine and Match Point and played Henry VIII on Showtime’s The Tudors — brushes off the reports, telling EW that, for the moment at least, the Star Wars speculation is just that. “Look, I’ve worked with J.J.,” says Rhys Meyers, who co-starred in Abrams’ Mission: Impossible III in 2006. “But I don’t believe rumors.”
Like so many other names to have been brought up, Meyers is yet another to hold no water when it comes to being cast in Star Wars. Still, there will come a time when a name mentioned does stick and that time will likely be soon. Meyers, Benedict Cumberbatch and all the countless other so far aren’t names that will fall in that category.
[H/T: Entertainment Weekly]