Abrams also told The Wrap he is talking to "Breaking Bad" actor Jesse Plemons about starring in the eagerly awaited next installment in the blockbuster space epic.
"We're working really hard and we've got our script and we're in deep prep," Abrams told the entertainment news website. "Full steam ahead, y'know."
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