Girls star Adam Driver is in final talks to star in Star Wars: Episode VII, according to a report.

The Hollywood Reporter says Driver is in discussions to play the role of a villain in the sequel and that he is nearing a deal.

Since the announcement of a new Star Wars film, there has been enormous discussion around casting which at the stage is presumed to be well progressed.

The film, which will be directed by J.J. Abrams, is due to start shooting in London shortly. It is expected that Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher will play some part in the new film.