03/12/2014 06:35 pm ET | Updated Mar 12, 2014

One Of These 5 Men Could Lead 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

Just in from Variety comes word of the five actors on J.J. Abrams' apparent short list to lead "Star Wars: Episode VII." The character is likely of the Jedi variety, meaning he'll tangle with "Girls" star Adam Driver, who might play the "Episode VII" villain. Meanwhile, it's still expected that Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher will reprise their roles from the original trilogy of "Star Wars" films. None of this has been confirmed, however, but expect something to happen soon: it's anticipated that Abrams will being filming "Episode VII" in the spring.

[via Variety]

  • Jesse Plemons
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    Plemons starred on "Breaking Bad" and "Friday Night Lights." His big-screen credits include "Battleship" and "The Master." Plemons was first rumored for "Star Wars" back in January.
  • John Boyega
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    Boyega is best known for playing the lead role in "Attack the Block," and he also starred in Spike Lee's failed HBO pilot "Da Brick," which was written by newly minted Oscar winner John Ridley and based on Mike Tyson's youth.
  • Ed Speleers
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    Speleers played Eragon in "Eragon" and stars as Jimmy Kent on "Downton Abbey."
  • Matthew James Thomas
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    Thomas played the title role in 2013's Broadway revival of "Pippin," and appeared as an alternate option for Reeve Carney's Peter Parker in "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark."
  • Ray Fisher
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    Fisher, pictured right, starred as Muhammad Ali in "Fetch Clay, Make Man" at the New York Theatre Workshop last fall.


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