Jonathan Rhys Meyers is “in talks” to star in J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII, according to Latino Review. Best known for his role as King Henry VIII in the Showtime series The Tudors, which also features upcoming Man of Steel Henry Cavill, Rhys Meyers has already been featured in one Abrams movie: Mission: Impossible III (2003), in which he supported Tom Cruise. (Image: Jonathan Rhys Meyers in The Tudors.)
At this stage, it's unclear which role Jonathan Rhys Meyers would play in Star Wars: Episode VII, now a Walt Disney Studios production. The next installment in the highly popular franchise is reportedly to continue the Star Wars saga where Return of the Jedi left off.
Having said that, in case Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, and Anthony Daniels (perhaps a little rustier?) are indeed returning to the Star Wars fold, then Episode VII must begin a few decades after the conclusion of Return of the Jedi. Filming of the next Star Wars movie should commence next year in the United Kingdom, so it can be ready for release in 2015.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers movies
The 35-year-old Dublin-born Jonathan Rhys Meyers has been featured in more than 30 movies in the last two decades. Most notable among those are Michael Collins (1994), in which Rhys Meyers plays Collins' assassin; Todd Haynes' Velvet Goldmine (1998), opposite Ewan McGregor and Christian Bale; Julie Taymor's Titus (1999), starring Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange; and Gurinder Chadha's Bend It Like Beckham (2002), with Keira Knightley.
But Jonathan Rhys Meyers' most renowned movie role is that of the ambitious social climber in Woody Allen's unofficial An American Tragedy / A Place in the Sun remake Match Point (2005), featuring Scarlett Johansson. More recently, Rhys Meyers played the lead in Glenio Bonder's international production Belle du Seigneur, in addition to a supporting role in the Glenn Close star vehicle Albert Nobbs, and the lead opposite John Travolta in the critical and box office misfire From Paris with Love. Additionally, Isabel Coixet's thriller Panda Eyes should be coming out in the not too distant future.
J.J. Abrams: Star Trek: Episode II before Star Wars: Episode VII
As for director J.J. Abrams, Star Trek Into Darkness opened this weekend. Despite mostly positive reviews, 3D surcharges, and the inclusion of late Wednesday and all-day Thursday box office grosses, the Star Trek sequel opened at about the same level as its 2009 predecessor (over a three-day-weekend period). Star Trek Into Darkness features Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and Benedict Cumberbatch.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers The Tudors: Showtime / HBO.