J.J. Abrams told The Wrap:
“We’re working really hard and we’ve got our script and we’re in deep prep. Full steam ahead, y’know.
Abrams also confirmed he is talking to Jesse Plemons:
He is one of the actors that we’ve talked to, yeah. But, you know. 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.”
So there we have that, Plemons was dodging the rumors yesterday. I think Abrams admitting to meeting with Plemons actually speaks really well to the idea he has been cast or they intend to cast him.
Abrams reiterated he intends to shoot Star Wars Episode VII on film, not digitally or in IMAX. Abrams also stated that the rumors are sweet because it is indicative of interest in the picture.
Now, that’s exciting news!
Thanks to @FinderofWords for the heads up!