Report: 'Star Wars Episode 7' Eyes John Noble as Its Villain

An Australian radio host sparks the rumor by saying that the 'Fringe' actor 'will be appearing as the villain' for the upcoming J.J. Abrams-directed space saga film.

AceShowbiz - As the news surrounding Disney/LucasFilm's "Star Wars" standalone film projects makes headlines everywhere, a potentially big scoop about "Star Wars Episode 7" casting also makes its round online. Rumor has it, the highly-anticipated movie to be helmed by J.J. Abrams has eyed an actor to tackle its villainous role.

Comic Book Movie finds that during a morning radio show on Fox FM in Melbourne, Australia, the hosts allegedly spilled that Australian actor John Noble was up to play the "Episode 7" villain. The host called Jo reportedly said that she "has it on very good authority that Aussie actor John Noble will be appearing as the villain."

The other host, called Matt, queried Jo's statement, but she reportedly remained adamant. She claimed that the casting rumor was definitely for "Episode 7" and not for the standalone projects. The rumor is surely still far from being fixed as the studio hasn't said anything about the casting and the plot for the new trilogy.

Noble himself is actually not a stranger to working with J.J. Abrams. The two have teamed up for Abrams' TV show "Fringe". The actor won several supporting actor awards for his role as Walter Bishop a.k.a Walternate for the Fox hit show.

Along with a new "Star Wars" trilogy, Disney/LucasFilm are developing an untitled Stand-Alone Star Wars film, which reportedly will focus on young Han Solo and Boba Fett. Entertainment Weekly broke the news, stating that the Han Solo saga would take place "in the time period between Revenge of the Sith and the first Star Wars," now known as A New Hope.

The Boba Fett story, on the other hand, would be set either "between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, or between Empire and Jedi, where the bounty hunter was last seen plunging unceremoniously into a sarlacc pit."

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