Nope, this isn’t a flashback to 2002; While it’s been awhile since Geek Guru Harry Knowles has broken a major movie scoop over at Aint-it-Cool News, it sure looks like he’s back in the game in a big way if this latest report turns out to be true. According to Knowles, his sources are telling him that Irish actor Jack Reynor, who is set to be a part of Michael Bay’s new Transformers trilogy, has landed a role in Star Wars: Episode VII. Apparently, two of Knowles’ sources have confirmed that he didn’t just test, but that he got the part.
Knowles doesn’t know what the role is, but I’d bet real money that the part is the same role that Breaking Bad’s Jesse Plemons was up for, since they are both around the same age and fit the same general physical description, at least on paper. Are we looking at Luke’s son? Quite possibly.
If it is the same role, and Reynor gets the part over Plemons, it might be something as simple as who looks better on the poster/merchandising that gets Reynor the job. Here’s a picture of Reynor from the set of Transformers: Age of Extinction….
And here’s a picture of Plemons…
In my opinion, regardless of who is the better actor, Disney is going to want someone really pretty to smack his mug onto backpacks, lunchboxes and everything else under the sun. Plus, they are going to want a hottie to court female moviegoers. And sorry, Jesse, but I think Jack is just prettier. Even if JJ Abrams prefers Plemons, I think someone at Disney is going to overrule him.
With filming set to begin this May, we should all know very, very soon who the actual cast for this movie is going to be.