Jonathan Rhys Meyers for Star Wars?

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 20 May 2013
Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Jonathan Rhys Meyers is reportedly in talks for a role in 'Star Wars Episode VII'. The actor previously worked with director J.J. Abrams on 'Mission: Impossible III'

Jonathan Rhys Meyers is reportedly in talks to star in 'Star Wars Episode VII'.

The 'Bend It Like Beckham' and 'Tudors' actor is being considered for an unknown role in the highly anticipated seventh film in the space franchise which will be directed by J.J. Abrams, according to

Meyers has previously worked with Abrams when he co-starred in 'Mission: Impossible III', the action blockbuster directed by Abrams and starring Tom Cruise.

The actor is best known for playing English monarch Henry VIII in the salacious TV show, 'The Tudors', which followed the king's courtship and marriages to each of his six wives.

Little is known about the plot for the forthcoming movie - which is expected to follow on from 1983's 'Return of the Jedi' - but it's thought original series stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford will reprise their roles as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo, respectively.

The script will be written by Michael Arndt, who is best known for scripting 'Little Miss Sunshine', 'Toy Story 3' and the upcoming 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'.

Producer Kathleen Kennedy recently announced the flick will be filmed in the UK, much like the previous six movies.

She said: "We've devoted serious time and attention to revisiting the origins of 'Star Wars' as inspiration for our process on the new movie, and I'm thrilled that returning to the UK for production and utilising the incredible talent there can be a part of that."

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

  • 5 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 2h 16min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: JJ Abrams
  • Written by: Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams, Michael Arndt
  • Cast: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker
  • UK release: 17 December 2015

From the ashes of the Empire, the villainous First Order rises up to destroy Luke Skywalker (Hamill) – but where is he? Fans can rejoice: Episode VII is sensational and surprisingly emotional, with a finely-crafted script and effects that never overpower the performances. Star Wars is back in a big way.

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