Lately, all of the Star Wars talk has revolved around what Lucasfilm and Disney plan on doing with the spin-offs. Now, focus is being pulled back to Star Wars: Episode VII, as director and co-writer J.J. Abrams confirms that the screenplay is complete, and that Breaking Bad star Jesse Plemons has auditioned for an unspecified role. He also went onto address some of the other rumors surrounding the project, claiming that most of them are fake, and that the audition process is an ongoing one. He also addresses the fact that the film won't likely be shot in IMAX, and reveals the craziest rumor to come out of the pre-production process thus far.
In doing press at the TCA's this past Sunday for his new NBC TV series Believe, J.J. Abrams also confirmed that shooting should start soon.
"We're working really hard and we've got our script and we're in deep prep. Full steam ahead, y'know."
While Jesse Plemons has met with J.J. Abrams to discuss an important role in the movie, the casting is not set in stone as they continue to work out various issues with the story. Rumors say that he will play the son of Luke Skywalker in a script that has been redirected towards the Skywalker saga. That was not touched upon in the interview, though. It is known that the screenplay was rewritten to give the 'Big Three' of Luke, Han and Leia a more substantial role in the plot. The overall trilogy will likely focus on the Skywalker and Solo offspring, with Star Wars: Episode VII setting them up for a more substantial part of the story in Star Wars: Episode VIII.
Jesse Plemons started out as a child actor, gaining attention as part of the Friday Night Lights cast. He was a break out character on the final season of Breaking Bad, and its his to resemblance to Mark Hamill that has people thinking he will play the actor's son.
"He is one of the actors that we've talked to, yeah. But, you know. It's not often that I read about actors that I'm going to be meeting...That I get to read articles about actors who are going to come in. And so I get to see someone and say, 'Oh, I read that I'm going to see you.' It's usually agents talking to people about what's happening. It's a lot of noise."
J.J. Abrams also spoke about the possibility of shooting Star Wars: Episode VII in IMAX.
"In the right situation I would like to shoot in IMAX. The problem with IMAX is it's a very loud camera. It's a very unreliable camera. Only so much film can be in the camera. You can't really do intimate scenes with it. It's slow. They break down often. Having said that, they're working on digital versions of these and so there may be a version one day. But we're going to be shooting this next movie on film."
When asked what the craziest rumor he's heard about the highly-anticipated sequel is, the filmmaker had this to say.
"There've been so many of them. It's amazing to see how many there are. But it's sweet because it shows that there's an interest in this movie that we all obviously know is there. But it is an incredible thing to see how many crazy things get thrown out that people often then write commentaries about. How happy they are, how disappointed they are about something that is completely false. It's a lot of noise, frankly."