STAR WARS EPISODE VII Eyeing Jesse Plemons for Lead Role
By Dan Casey on January 10, 2014
First he was Landry, the lead singer of Crucifictorious, in Friday Night Lights. Then he was Todd, a/k/a Meth Damon, the sociopathic cold-blooded killer with a Nazi uncle in Breaking Bad. Now he could be the star of J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars Episode VII. According to a report from The Wrap, Plemons could be well on his way to a galaxy far, far away.
It’s important to note that Plemons has not been officially cast yet. The 25 year-old actor is scheduled to meet with director J.J. Abrams next week to discuss the film, which is heavily rumored to reunite Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford too. Apparently, Plemons had taped an audition that “was well-received by those involved in the casting process”, and he’ll make the trek to Los Angeles next week for a second, face-to-face audition with Abrams.
Personally, I think this is phenomenal casting, given Plemons’ considerable acting chops and his slight resemblance to Mark Hamill. Considering Hamill is 62 years old and Plemons is 25 years old, it would put the young actor in the right range to play, oh say, Luke Skywalker’s offspring. There’s no word yet on who Plemons would be playing, but rumor has it that the film revolves around three main characters, two young boys and a girl. Perhaps one of those will be Plemons. One thing is for sure though – it’s likely that we’ll hear more from Lucasfilm and Disney in the coming weeks.
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