The writer-director told reporters at a Television Critics Association presser on Sunday that he'd finally finished the script for Episode VII and had started to meet with actors.
“We’re working really hard and we’ve got our script and we’re in deep prep. Full steam ahead," the usually secretive Star Trek Into Darkness director said.
Abrams also confirmed rumors that he had met with Plemons.
“He is one of the actors that we’ve talked to, yeah," Abrams said, but advised entertainment reporters not to get too excited about unconfirmed actors. “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.”
The Wrap said earlier this month that Plemons was in talks for a "lead role" in the upcoming film. The site also speculated that the 25-year-old actor "would be the right age" to play Mark Hamill's son.
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