It looks like two of the actors who were considered for a role in Star Wars: Episode 7 are in discussions for other projects. Jesse Plemons and Matthew James Thomas are probably both out of the running for Episode VII...
(April 2, 2014)
According to THR Jesse Plemons is in talks to join Johnny Depp in the movie 'Black Mass'. While there are no filming dates announced, the movie is scheduled for a 2015 release. So a possible involvement of Plemons with the movie would probably mean that he is out of the running for the Episode 7 lead as The Warp reported before (below).
More from THR:
Another actor who was reported to have been in the mix, Matthew James Thomas (best known as the star of Broadway's Pippin), also appears to have out of the running. The actor recently auditioned for a role in Rosaline, a re-imagining of Romeo and Juliet set up at Universal. That movie would shoot late summer, early fall. (Other actors are in the mix and no one is set.)
What Plemons and Thomas' case shows is that actors who've met about Star Wars are now pursuing other work in light of little response from the Star Wars camp.
In a nod to the complex nature of Star Wars' casting process, agency sources say you can't assume that you're out of the running for the movie until it's actually shooting."I don't think anyone is out when it comes to Star Wars. An actor will clear their schedule to be part of this and any deal won't take long to make," said one source._______________________________
(January 11, 2014)
The story comes from The Wrap and is considered as the start of several casting news coming in the next few weeks:
The 25-year-old actor hasn’t been cast yet, but he’s coming back to audition again for director J.J. Abrams
Jesse Plemons, who starred on both “Breaking Bad” and “Friday Night Lights,” is in contention for a lead role in “Star Wars: Episode VII,” multiple individuals with knowledge of the top-secret casting process have told TheWrap.
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.
While Plemons is represented by Talentworks, a smaller agency located in Burbank, two well-placed sources within the major agencies have told TheWrap that Plemons is a favorite to land one of the coveted lead roles in the “Star Wars” sequel; a third individual confirmed that Plemons is in the running and a serious contender.
There’s been no chatter on what role Plemons might take, but Plemons does bear a resemblance to Mark Hamill, and at 25 would be the right age to play the offspring of the 62-year-old Hamill’s Luke Skywalker.
He could very well fit in the "a late twenty-something male, fit, handsome and confident" role thathas been confirmed. And as the article said he could very well play Luke's son.
And some twitter reactions:
Gotta say, aside from some snarky digs at his physical appearance, reaction to our PLEMONS/STAR WARS story has been overwhelmingly positive.
— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) January 11, 2014
Plemons would be an interesting choice for Ep VII. Definitely a good actor. I could see him as a quirky friend rather than a serious lead
— Aaron Goins (@avgoins) January 11, 2014
Great work by @TheInSneider on Jesse Plemons. Jeff wouldn't run this without serious sources. We have our first cast member/potato-face.
— Ali Arikan (@aliarikan) January 10, 2014