Jesse Plemons, who established himself as a gentle, kind and extremely loyal friend in Friday Night Lights and then redefined himself as a gentle, kind and extremely dangerous psychopath in Breaking Bad, is under serious consideration for a lead role in Star Wars: Episode VII.
According to The Wrap, Plemons' initial audition was "well received" and he will meet with director J.J. Abrams this week. The casting process has been shrouded in secrecy, with no confirmation of any of the actors so far, not even the long-rumored return of Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford.
Beyond his two signature roles so far, Plemons has demonstrated his talents in feature films as varied as Peter Berg's Battleship and Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master. He is 25 years of age, and bears a ballpark resemblance to a young Mark Hamill, which has led to speculation that he could become a member of the Skywalker family. That is only speculation, however, since we're still awaiting any kind of official word about the plot or characters.
And, as long as we're rumor-mongering, Abams has been (and will continue to be) meeting with a number of actors, in addition to Plemons. The list includes Michael Fassbender, Hugo Weaving and Adam Driver (HBO's Girls), according to Heat Vision. Its report also claims that the project has "changed significantly" since last fall, when screenwriter Michael Arndt departed due to a "difference of opinion" about which characters should be emphasized.
Now it is said that Abrams wants Episode VII "to focus on the classic trio of characters," before they are given an appropriate send-off. Then their offspring will become the focus of Episode VIII and Episode IX. That means Luke, Leia and Han would take the lead roles in Episode VII, with their children introduced in supporting roles.
What that also means is that the actors mentioned as potential cast members last fall -- Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael B. Jordan, Alex Pettyfer, Saoirse Ronan, Sullivan Stapleton and Jack O'Connell, among others -- may no longer be good fits for the reimagined characters. Abrams wants to meet with "everyone," even ahead of completing the screenplay with Lawrence Kasdan. Production is slated to begin this spring, so official casting announcements should light up the Internet in the next couple of months.
Star Wars: Episode VII will open in theaters on December 18, 2015.
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