Felicity Jones, recent Oscar nominee for The Theory of Everything, has been tapped to star in the upcoming Star Wars spin-off. Gareth Edwards, who helmed the micro-budget Monsters and last year's Godzilla reboot is directing.
Rumours had it that Disney and Lucasfilm were testing the likes of Rooney Mara (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) and Tatiana Maslany (TV's Orphan Black) over the course of last week in a series of clandestine meetings. THR is now reporting that Jones has nabbed the part. Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul and Wrath of the Titans actor Edgar Ramirez are in the running for the male lead.
As is the norm with all things Star Wars: everything is cloaked in secrecy. Extracting details about the upcoming films is perhaps as difficult as destroying the Death Star.
Gareth Edward's first spin-off film currently has no plot details, however, rumours suggest it is about a group of bounty hunters trying to steal the plans for the Death Star in a Dirty Dozen style attempt to destroy it. Screenwriter Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli) departed the project last week and was replaced by Chris Weitz (director of The Twilight Saga: New Moon)
Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012 for $4 billion and quickly announced a new trilogy, to be released beginning in December 2015 with fanboy favourite JJ Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Episode VIII will be helmed by Looper director Rian Johnson. The second in the spin-off series will be directed by Chronicle and The Fantastic Four (2015) director Josh Trank.
The new Star Wars films are arguably the most anticipated movies in years. Fans of the series, meanwhile, can check out the stellar animated series Star Wars Rebels till they wait for the big day in December.
Gareth Edwards' film is slated for a December 16, 2016 release.