Star Wars: Episode VII director J.J. Abrams confirmed in January that Jesse Plemons was one of the actors he had met with for a role rumored to be a Jedi apprentice. Since both Black Mass and Star Wars: Episode VII are scheduled to begin production around the same time in May, it seems clear that he will not be a part of the sci-fi sequel. The Hollywood Reporter's sources indicate the actor did have a meeting for the Star Wars: Episode VII role, although has nothing materialized since then.
J.J. Abrams is reportedly meeting with "tons of actors," while going through script revisions, although nothing seems to have come from any of these meetings.
However, one unidentified source revealed that no actor is truly out of the running for a Star Wars role.
"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."
Other notable names that have surfaced in regards to Star Wars: Episode VII include Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael B. Jordan, Jack O'Connell, Alex Pettyfer, Saoirse Ronan and Sullivan Stapleton.
Matthew James Thomas (About a Boy), who we reported last month is another contender for the Jedi apprentice role, is also out of the running. Other actors mentioned in that report include Ed Speleers (Downton Abbey), John Boyega (Attack the Block) and and Broadway actor Ray Fisher, although no one has been cast yet.
In Black Mass, Jesse Plemons will play Kevin Weeks, a blue-collar man who is part of Boston criminal James 'Whitey' Bulger's inner circle. Juno Temple is also in talks to play a prostitute. If deals are finalized for both Jesse Plemons and Juno Temple, they will join a cast that includes Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger, Joel Edgerton as his longtime friend and FBI agent John Connelly, Guy Pearce as Whitey Bulger's brother, and Dakota Johnson as the mobster's girlfriend.