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‘Breaking Bad’s’ Jesse Plemons considered for lead in ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

‘Breaking Bad’s’ Jesse Plemons considered for lead in ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’
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J.J. Abrams has issued a call back audition for Jesse Plemons, the 25-year-old actor who most recently appeared in AMC’s “Breaking Bad.” Plemons is apparently in competition for a lead role in “Star Wars: Episode VII” according to a number of people in-the-know of casting information for the project and as reported Jan. 10 on The Wrap.

Jesse is set to meet with Abrams sometime next week. Disney/Lucasfilm offered no comment.

The “Friday Night Lights” actor has already done a taped audition that by all accounts was well received. He’ll fly from Austin, Texas to Los Angeles for his face-to face with Abrams.

The sequel to the “Star Wars” franchise will also reunite Carrie Fischer, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford from the first trilogy.

No one is talking about what major role Plemons is being looked at for, there is some conjecture. A vague resemblance to Hamill and his age of 25 put him in a good position to play the 62-year-old Luke Skywalkers’ offspring.

Plemons played the child role of Matt Damon’s character in “all the Pretty Horses” and the younger brother of recently deceased Paul Walker’s character in “Varsity Blues. In 2006, he appeared in “Friday Night Lights” as Landry Clarke which became his breakout role. This was followed with a role in “Battleship” alongside “Friday Night Lights” alum Taylor Kitsch. You might also remember him as Philip Seymour Hoffman’s son in “The Master.”

Upcoming films from Plemons include the Lance Armstrong biopic and “The Homesman” starring Tommy Lee Jones.

Disney is has “Star Wars: Episode VII” scheduled for release on Dec. 18, 2015.

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