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‘Breaking Bad’s’ Jesse Plemons Reportedly Up For Lead in ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

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Breaking Bad and Friday Night Lights alum Jesse Plemons is in the running for a lead role in Star Wars: Episode VII, TheWrap reports. The actor is expected to have a second meeting this week with director J.J. Abrams.

Confirming the interest in Plemons, The Hollywood Reporter adds a few more names to the seemingly endless list: Michael Fassbender, Hugo Weaving and Girls actor Adam Driver.

The website also offers potential story details for a film that’s “changed significantly” since October, when Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back) replaced original screenwriter Michael Arndt. THR contends that while Arndt focused on the children of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia, with original stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher appearing in supporting roles, Abrams wants the Episode VII to serve as a “send-off” for the classic characters; their offspring would then move into starring roles in Episodes VIII and IX.

While roles aren’t being discussed publicly, the website states that Weaving would play an Imperial commander. Abrams is believed to be looking for a woman to play Obi-Wan Kenobi’s daughter or granddaughter, described as “a twentysomething female actress who is either of mixed race or black.”

Star Wars: Episode VII debuts on Dec. 18, 2015.


  • lewis4510

    It makes better sense to make Episode VII a transitional “passing of the torch” film. But in actuality it will probably be somewhere in between the two approaches.

    At the end of Return of the Jedi the death of the emperor didn’t mean that the empire would suddenly disappear. Far from it. Loyalists to the empire would seek to fill that power vacuum. And the empire would likely fragment into smaller kingdoms. With the individual governors seeking to carve out little empires of their own. No doubt there will be wars to breakout between these “system lords.”

  • DaMak

    Was someone disputing that second paragraph?

    Not to say that you’re wrong, because I agree. It just came off weird. LOL

  • Chuck777

    OBI WAN DOES NOT HAVE A DAUGHTER!!!! Jedi don’t have kids. It was a huge deal for Anakin to have a child.

  • Chuck777

    That’s pretty much what happened in the books.

  • Thedude3445

    In both TCW cartoon and the rest of the EU, Obi-Wan has been in some love relationships. There was some chick in all those scholastic books (totally died), though they were just teenagers. During the Clone Wars, he had that Mandalorian lady (also a teenage fling), and there was definitely some tension between him and Asaaj Ventress. Now obviously none of these characters will be even referenced in this new trilogy, aside from Asaaj if we’re super lucky, but Obi-Wan isn’t one to exactly shy away from this sort of thing. Plus, it could have just been a one-night stand or something.

    Though seeing as how they seemed to be really misleading with the casting call for Jacen and Jaina, it’s more than likely that it’s actually just Lando’s daughter.

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  • Angela

    Jedi were not discouraged from having kids. They’re discouraged from forming attachments with them or love interests. Most Jedi children are separated from their parents and brought to the academy at a young age.