J.J. Abrams’ vision for a Star Wars sequel is one step closer to theaters today, as the director reveals the script for Star Wars Episode VII is complete. “We’re working really hard and we’ve got our script and we’re in deep prep,” Abrams tells The Wrap, “full steam ahead, y’know.”
Speaking at a press event for his new NBC series Believe, Abrams confirmed Jesse Plemons is being considered for a role in the sequel, saying he “is one of the actors that we’ve talked to.” Plemons has long been rumored for a potential starring role; he’s perhaps best-known for his role as Todd Alquist in the final season of Breaking Bad.
At the same event, Abrams also revealed that Episode VII will be shot on regular film, rather than with IMAX film (the director has previously said it will not be shot in digital). Speaking about IMAX, he notes that the cameras are “very loud … very unreliable,” and also restrict filming due to reel lengths. Abrams has in the past praised the format, but says “you can’t really do intimate scenes with it.” Episode VII is due for release December 2015, and is set after the events of the Return of the Jedi, the last movie of the original trilogy.