‘Star Wars’ Casting Rumors Begin With ‘Mission: Impossible’ Alum

There had to come a day when “Star Wars” casting rumors would concern someone besides Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher eventually, and it looks like today is that day.

The usually trustworthy folks over at Latino Review have taken the first crack at reporting which actor will be some of the new blood on J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode VII,” and it’s somebody that the director has previously worked with.

Jonathan Rhys Meyer had a memorable role in Abrams’ “Mission: Impossible 3,” but didn’t make the jump to “Ghost Protocol” with director Brad Bird, and he, according to Latino Review, is the first actor in talks for the new “Star Wars.”

So what does this mean for “Star Wars”? There’s no information in the Latino Review story other than Meyers’ name, so take it with a grain of salt for now. The reliability of Latino Review has never been tested on “Star Wars,” other than when they “confirmed” a Harrison Ford deal, despite his interest in returning being on the books since right after deal with Disney was made public.

All that we know so far about the movie is Abrams involved, Michael Arndt as screenwriter, and the likely reprisals from Hamill, Ford, and Fisher. There have been some whispers over Twitter and buried in other news stories about a young female lead for the film, but there has been no official word on that front.

Expect to hear more casting news about “Star Wars: Episode VII” in the coming months.