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Jesse Plemons joins Johnny Depp in Black Mass. Is he out of Star Wars?

Apr. 2, 2014by: Alex Maidy
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Jesse Plemons looked like as close to a top contender for a role in STAR WARS: EPISODE VII to the point that director J.J. Abrams even confirmed he met with the FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS and BREAKING BAD actor for a lead role in the film. But, since then the script has changed quite a bit and actors we once thought were in are now nowhere to be found. This may be why we are hearing that Plemons is joining another film.

The Hollywood Reporter has Plemons and Juno Temple joining Johnny Depp in the Whitey Bulger biopic BLACK MASS which is slated to begin shooting this summer. STAR WARS: EPISODE VII is also scheduled to begin filming this May which would likely mean that Plemons cannot appear in both films. It is not unheard of for an actor to film two movies concurrently, but projects the size and scope of STAR WARS are very time consuming which likely rules Plemons out.

BLACK MASS isn't exactly a chump project, either. The movie has been in development for quite some time and has CRAZY HEART director Scott Cooper at the helm.

The true-crime thriller from Warner Bros. and Cross Creek Pictures will star Depp as the South Boston criminal mastermind, who was sentenced in November to two consecutive life terms plus five years after being found guilty on 31 counts of racketeering, money laundering, extortion and weapons charges (including his role in 19 murders).

BLACK MASS also features Joel Edgerton as FBI agent John Connolly and Guy Pearce as Bill Bulger. Dakota Johnson is also in talks to join the film. The casting report says that Temple will play a prostitute and Plemons will play Kevin Weeks, a blue-collar tough guy who is part of Whitey's inner circle.

While this adds another level of mystery to just what the hell is going on with STAR WARS: EPISODE VII, I really like the cast of BLACK MASS and cannot wait to see how it turns out. If OUT OF THE FURNACE was any indicator, Scott Cooper could direct one hell of a film here.

BREAKING BAD spoiler alert in the video below, but Jesse Plemons literally killed on that show and is bound to be awesome in BLACK MASS.

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10:30AM on 04/03/2014

Guy has a punchable face, keep him out of Star Wars.

This guy and that horrible douche from Girls are the worst casting choices so far in the Star Wars movies. They are just ugly bastards and don't have much talent. I am afraid they are turning Star wars into a teen drama and not a sci fi adventure.
This guy and that horrible douche from Girls are the worst casting choices so far in the Star Wars movies. They are just ugly bastards and don't have much talent. I am afraid they are turning Star wars into a teen drama and not a sci fi adventure.
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9:43AM on 04/03/2014
I was actually excited about seeing him in Star Wars, whatever the role. He would have been a quality edition.
I was actually excited about seeing him in Star Wars, whatever the role. He would have been a quality edition.
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8:41AM on 04/03/2014

The Video

Fuck Aaron Paul is such a damn good actor.
Fuck Aaron Paul is such a damn good actor.
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7:16PM on 04/02/2014
Very excited for Black Mass considering how great and underrated both Crazy Heart and Out of the Furnace are.

Maybe since the story has changed, Plemons will appear in a later Star Wars film.
Very excited for Black Mass considering how great and underrated both Crazy Heart and Out of the Furnace are.

Maybe since the story has changed, Plemons will appear in a later Star Wars film.
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6:19PM on 04/02/2014

Off topic but...

Aaron Paul deserves an Emmy for that scene alone!
Aaron Paul deserves an Emmy for that scene alone!
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6:18PM on 04/02/2014

Is it me?

Or does he look like Matt Damon with a touch of the Downs?
Or does he look like Matt Damon with a touch of the Downs?
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7:08PM on 04/02/2014
It's not you. His fan nickname during Breaking Bad was "Meth Damon".
It's not you. His fan nickname during Breaking Bad was "Meth Damon".
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