News of Adam Driver joining J.J. Abrams’s 2015 Star Wars sequel sent tremors through the Force earlier this week. Variety hinted that the Girls actor would play a villain, perhaps in the vein of Darth Vader. At 6′ 3″, Driver certainly has the physical presence to play an imposing heavy, and anyone who’s watched Girls, in which he plays Adam Sackler, the often-shirtless woodworker/actor/playwright who dates Lena Dunham’s Hannah, appreciates it’s not just his appearance that makes him an interesting choice — refreshing even, for a franchise that could use a little edge.
Sackler is a fascinating and polarizing character, and even though Driver has appeared in several films, mostly indies like Inside Llewyn Davis, it’s his Girls character that is currently his calling-card. The jump to hyperspace is light years from his cool HBO neighborhood (though perhaps not surprising since Driver had also been rumored for the role of Nightwing in the upcoming Batman Vs. Superman movie.)
Since LucasFilm hasn’t confirmed the casting, and the only hints about his Star Wars character come from casting-call descriptions posted last summer, we’re forced — and delighted — to make assumptions based on his role in Girls. We introduced our office nerfherd of Star Wars experts to our gaggle of Girls fans to make some sense of how Driver might fit into the sci-fi universe. After 20 minutes of sad anti-social behavior never before witnessed outside of an elementary-school gymnasium, and 20 minutes of breaking the ice playing Pass the Orange, the two camps finally put their heads together to come up with the following predictions for Driver’s Star Wars character, henceforth known as Darth Ramslayer: READ FULL STORY