Michael Fassbender, Hugo Weaving, Girls' Adam Driver, and Breaking Bad's Jesse Plemons are the latest group of actors to join Star Wars: Episode VII's painfully-long opening crawl of casting rumors. TheWrap claims Plemons--who also appeared with varying success in The Master and Battleship--has already won the attention of director J.J. Abrams and his casting team with a video taped try-out for "a lead role." He'll reportedly meet with Abrams sometime this week for an in-person audition. The part isn't known, but that of an oafish, friendly but sociopathic sith apprentice seems about right.
THR has since confirmed the Plemons news but adds that "he is only one of a long string of actors on Abrams' meeting list." Among the others: Fassbender, Driver, and Weaving. Weaving, with his permanently evil eyebrows, is being eyed for the role of an Imperial commander. There's no word on what the other two are meeting for, but there is this one other bit of relevant news to the story: Remember how Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt lost Episode VII screenwriting duties to Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan? Well, turns out that was "due to a difference of opinion of which characters to emphasize." Arndt, it seems, was focusing on the offspring of Luke, Leia, and Han, while Abrams felt there should first be another adventure with the original cast before turning his Air Bud into an Air Buddies. With the rewrites, the Star Heirs will now merely play supporting roles until the sequel, a dark second-act when it becomes apparent that a 70-something Han shouldn't be driving the Kessel Run any more.