Disney was also rumored to have been looking at Michael Fassbender and Hugo Weaving for villain roles.
Though he currently stars on HBO's Girls, the 30-year-old Driver has been busy on the big screen as well. His recent credits include Lincoln, Inside Llewyn Davis, Frances Ha and J. Edgar. He also has a number of films currently in production that will be released over the next two years.
Star Wars: Episode VII will begin filming in London and more casting announcements are likely in the coming weeks. Episode VII will continue the Star Wars franchise from where Return of the Jedi left off.
What do you think of Driver as the lead villain in Episode VII?