10 January 2014 5:40 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

After winning attention for the sweet-natured but troubled Landry on the TV version of Friday Night Lights and the sweetly psychopathic Todd on Breaking Bad, Jesse Plemons could be on the verge of his biggest role yet. According to The Wrap, he’s a serious contender for a lead in Star Wars: Episode VII.As the report is quick to point out, no official casting has been announced for the film, and Plemons has made no deal yet. In fact, he’s still at the auditioning stage, though he seems to quickly have becoming a front-runner, headed for a meeting with writer/producer/director J.J. Abrams next week to talk about the role after a successful first look on tape. Nothing has been released (there’s a surprise!) about a potential role, but given his history on film and TV he’d be convincing on both sides of the Force. »


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