Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images Photo: Girls Actor Adam Driver

The force is clearly with Adam Driver — the Girls star will play the "big bad" in the eagerly-anticipated Star Wars Episode VII, according to Variety.

The publication reports that the deal isn't done yet but that Adam is "close" to  is signing on the dotted line — having been cast as the major villain of the film, who is "in the vein of iconic Star Wars villain Darth Vader."

The 30-year-old is the first cast member to be announced for the Star Wars sequel — and it's about time, considering director J.J. Abrams will start shooting the space saga in London this april April!

Chatter had been circulating for the past month that Adam was on the short list, and Variety claims that he was Disney and Lucasfilms' "top choice" for the part. (And rumor has it that Michael Fassbender and Hugo Weaving were also considered for the role.)

Apparently, a lot of scheduling issues had be worked out so that Adam could continue filming future seasons of Girls and future installments of Star Wars.

Episodes VII, VIII, and IX — which pick up after the events of Episode VI: Return of the Jedi — were announced in October 2012 when Disney purchased Lucasfilm.

Lost co-creator and Star Trek director J.J. Abrams will direct Episode VI, having written the screenplay with original trilogy co-writer Lawrence Kasdan.

The film is set for release on December 18, 2015.

Source: Variety

Dan Clarendon is an assistant editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow him on Twitter and Google+!