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Jesse Plemons to star in the new 'Star Wars' movies?

Posted by Christopher Hughes  January 13, 2014 09:42 AM

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Who would have thought that the biggest star to emerge from football-obsessed Dillon, Texas, on Peter Berg's "Friday Night Lights" would be the lead singer of Christian speed-metal band, Crucifictorious? TheWrap is reporting that Jesse Plemons, who played Landry Clarke, the cloddish best friend of quarterback Matt Saracen, and more recently, Jesse Pinkman's demented meth overlord in "Breaking Bad," is rumored to be the next star of J.J. Abrams's reboot of the "Star Wars" franchise.

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Supposedly, Plemons' audition tape wowed Abrams and others involved in the casting process and they're eager to fly him out to Los Angeles for a face-to-face with the director. The entertainment website also has confirmation from two "well-placed" sources that Plemons is a "favorite for one of the coveted lead roles."

What is that lead role? Well, nobody knows yet as Abrams and co-screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan (who also wrote “The Empire Strikes Back” and “The Return of the Jedi”) are still penning the script. That hasn't stopped Internet speculation, which assumes Plemons would be portraying the offspring of Luke Skywalker. Is there a resemblance between him and the former Jedi, played by Mark Hamill? Eh, I guess.

Nobody has officially been cast yet, although "12 Years a Slave" costars Benedict Cumberbatch and Chiwetel Ejiofor have long been rumored players. J.J. Abrams's "Star Wars Episode VII" is tentatively set for a release date sometime in 2015.

What would you think of Jesse Plemons in the role of Luke Skywalker's son?

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