If you only know about Adam Driver thanks to his turn as new villain Kylo Ren in Star Wars — Episode VII: The Force Awakens, it's about time you became familiar with his other roles. Skillfully navigating between genres and project sizes, going from blockbusters to history epics, small indies and book adaptations, Driver has long proved the extent of his talent. Just look at him in this delightful little clip from the Coen brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis:
And if you look to the future, the man's got plenty more planned than bringing his lightsaber-wielding rebel back to the big screen. Discover his five upcoming projects below, and let me know which one you're most looking forward to!
Silence – November 2016
Martin Scorsese is finally adapting Shûsaku Endô's novel after having imagined the project for several years. In Silence, two Jesuit priests go to Japan in the 17th century, but their quest to spread Christianity is faced with violent backlash. Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver and Liam Neeson are starring, but an exact release date hasn't been announced yet.
Paterson – December 28, 2016
Nominated for the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival, Paterson is a new mesmerizing tale about a poet, directed by Jim Jarmusch. The hero, played by Driver, is called Paterson, just like the city he lives in, and has built a comfortable routine alternating between his job as a bus driver and his poetry writing.
Star Wars — Episode VIII – December 15, 2017
We know that for the first time in Star Wars history, the second chapter of Disney's new trilogy will start where Episode VII left off: on a lost island with Rey and Luke Skywalker. But just like we don't know the final title yet, there are only rumors about what exactly will happen in this galaxy far, far away. One thing's for sure, Adam Driver will be back as Kylo Ren!
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The Man Who Killed Don Quixote – 2017
Monty Python writer Terry Gilliam is directing this adaptation of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra's famous novel, but with a twist. While the original sees a certain Mr. Alonso Quixano going crazy in his obsession with chivalry, the movie will follow a young and pretentious advertising executive named Toby (played by Driver). One day in his successful life, he discovers that his student film about Don Quixote had such an effect on a little Spanish village that the man who had played Don Quixote in his film actually believes himself to be his character.
It's been a bumpy road for this movie, as it was originally meant to be shot in 2000 but suffered so many setbacks that it was ultimately cancelled. There's even a documentary about the failed project, titled Lost in La Mancha, which features the original cast and crew.
Logan Lucky – 2017
If there's one specialist of heist movies, it's Ocean's Eleven director Steven Soderbergh. This time, the action will take place during a NASCAR race in North Carolina, and the cast is again absolutely stellar: Riley Keough, Channing Tatum, Katherine Heigl, Daniel Craig, Adam Driver, Hilary Swank, Seth MacFarlane and Katherine Waterston, just to name a few.
What's your favorite Adam Driver role?