Disney, LucasFilm and Driver’s reps did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Driver has been in the “Star Wars” mix for sometime, but scheduling issues provided an obstacle. It looks as though that hurdle has been overcome.
Warner Bros. had been seeking Driver to star in the Green Hat Films production “Arms and the Dudes,” but the actor was reluctant to commit knowing that he stood a strong chance for a lead role in “Star Wars.” Driver was forced to turn down a supporting role in “Batman vs. Superman” for the same reason.
It remains unclear what Driver’s role will be, though it is understood that the character will be villainous in nature.
The big-budget Disney tentpole will begin shooting this spring at London’s Pinewood Studios. Disney will release the movie on Dec. 18, 2015.
Driver is repped by the Gersh Agency.
More to come…