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