Breaking Bad alum Jesse Plemons and Attack the Block star John Boyega are among the frontrunners to play the lead role of a young Jedi in Star Wars: Episode VII, sources tell Variety.
Other performers reportedly under consideration by director J.J. Abrams: Eragon and Downton Abbey star Ed Speleers, and theater actors Matthew James Thomas (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Pippin) and Ray Fletcher (Fetch Clay, Make Man). Although the search remains open, the website contends those names are now at the top of the list.
According to Variety, while details about the character are sparse, he’s expected to be a Jedi apprentice. While Michael Arndt’s original draft is said to have focused on the children of Han Solo and Princess Leia, the rewrite by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan reportedly move them into supporting roles.
Plemons, the Friday Night Lights alum who played the fan-favorite Todd on Breaking Bad, has been rumored for a Star Wars role since at least mid-January; Abrams confirmed he’s spoken to the 25-year-old actor. However, the other names appear to be new additions.
Whichever actor lands the role will face Girls actor Adam Driver, who was cast (although not officially announced) last month as the film’s main villain. Star Wars: Episode VII opens Dec. 18, 2015.
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