Things have been awfully quiet on the Star Wars front when it comes to J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars Episode VII, but that only means something big is about to drop. While news has been pretty consistent on the anticipated Star Wars: Rebels television series, fans are holding out for casting information they’ve been hungry for since late 2013.
That casting news has really only been rumor up to this point, but we may see that change in the near future as The Wrap has a big scoop on a potential lead actor.
According to a scoop from The Wrapp, Breaking Bad star Jesse Plemons is going in for not one but his second audition for J.J. Abrams to read for a lead role in Star Wars Episode VII.
Plemons is scheduled to meet with director J.J. Abrams next week to discuss the highly anticipated sequel, which is expected to bring back original stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford. Plemons has already taped an audition that was well-received by those involved in the casting process, and he’ll by flying in to Los Angeles from Austin, Texas for a second audition that will bring him face-to-face with Abrams.
The indication is that he’d be playing Luke Skywalker’s son in the film, but at this point we only know it’s a lead role and nothing more specific. Plemons also played Landry on Friday Night Lights before taking on the evil role as Todd in Breaking Bad.
If he does get the part, he’ll officially be the first actor cast in the film outside of the original trilogy actors set to return.