Battleship and Breaking Bad actor Jesse Plemons has booked himself a new role (which will hopefully take the sting off the fact that for months he was rumoured to be the lead in the new Star Wars film, but ultimately won’t be in the movie at all). TheWrap reports he’s set to take the lead role in Other People, from writer/director Chris Kelly.
Plemons will play ‘a gay Saturday Night Live writer who returns home to Sacramento to be with his mother (Sissy Spacek), who is in the final stages of terminal cancer. While home, he struggles to deal with a painful recent breakup and reconcile with his conservative father’s disapproving attitude regarding his sexuality.’
It sounds like it’ll be a fairly personal project from Kelly, who is gay and an SNL writer himself, with three Emmy nominations to his name. Other People will mark his feature directorial debut.
To add a little extra cachet the talented Adam Scott (Parks & Recreation) will produce along with his wife Naomi. They’re currently putting all the pieces together in terms of financing with the hope of shooting the movie next year.