Pre-production on Gareth Edwards' Star Wars spin-off is now underway as The Force Awakens is now fully in post-production and casting rumors are starting to surface already. Rumor has it that Rooney Mara, Felicity Jones, and Tatiana Maslany are in various testing stages for the female lead.
You might recognize Maslany from the BBC America hit series, Orphan Black. I personally have never seen this show but I do know who she is. Felicity Jones is fresh off an Oscar nomination for her role in The Theory of Everything and was absolutely fantastic alongside Anton Yelchin in Like Crazy. Finally, Rooney Mara is by far the most famous choice as she is also an Oscar nominee (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and led the way in the reboot of A Nightmare on Elm Street. She's also appeared in The Social Network, Her, Side Effects, and will appear as Tiger Lily in Pan.
According to the rumor, the frontrunner is currently Felicity Jones but there could potentially be scheduling conflicts because she is set to film Inferno this spring/summer, but we should all take excitement that this film seems to be female driven. Female characters have never been a strong part of the Star Wars films (yes, even with the love stricken Leia Organa) so if we have an actual female led film it should be exciting. It would be even better with a great actress leading the way.
This will all happen rather soon as Edwards' Star Wars film is set for a December 16, 2016 release. We will also get two more spin-off films from Rian Johnson (December 2017) and Josh Trank (likely 2018).
Click to enlarge photo. From left: Rooney Mara, Felicity Jones, and Tatiana Maslany
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