There has been no shortage of Star Wars cast rumours in recent months, but Variety seems pretty damn certain about Driver's involvement, which apparently comes after logistical problems due to his commitment to the HBO comedy were resolved.
"Exact details are unknown, but the character is said to be in the vein of iconic Star Wars villain Darth Vader," the publication claims.
Abrams has reportedly been interested in casting Driver for months, though Michael Fassbender and Hugo Weaving had also been linked to the main villain role.
Casting for characters on the right side of The Force have yet to be announced, though original Star Wars actors Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford are expected to return in some capacity.
Star Wars Episode 7 will be released in the US on 18 December 2015.
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