“The Theory of Everything” star Felicity Jones is reportedly up for the female lead role on the “Star Wars” spin-off. The Academy Award-nominated actress is now in talks to star in the project directed by Gareth Edwards. Read on for more details on this story.
According to The Hollywood Reporter (THR), Felicity Jones is up to play the female lead in Gareth Edwards’ “Star Wars” stand-alone pic. According to rumors, the Academy Award-nominated actress is now the studio’s top choice after several readings and tests with Lucasfilm and Disney. Jones will be vying for the lead role which Tatiana Maslany, Rooney Mara and Kate Mara tested for. Jones snagged up a best actress Oscar nomination for her recent role as Jane Hawking in “The Theory of Everything.” Jones is set to appear on the recently premiered Sundance film entitled “True Story” along with James Franco and Jonah Hill and is currently shooting the J.A. Bayona directed family fantasy “A Monster Calls” alongside Liam Neeson and Toby Kebbell.
Moreover THR reports that “Breaking Bad” star Aaron Paul and Edgar Ramirez are in consideration for the male lead role. “Godzilla” helmer Gareth Edwards is tapped to direct the stand-alone pic from a script by “About a Boy” scribe Chris Weitz who was hired last week, replacing Gary Whitta who penned the first draft for the pic. Weitz is known for his work with his brother Paul Weitz on the comedy film “American Pie.”
Past rumors indicate that the upcoming spin-off will be about Boba Fett and/or a young Han Solo, but recent reports suggest it is to be about a group of bounty hunters who plans to steal the first blueprints of the Death Star, set before the events of “A New Hope,” though nothing has been announced officially as yet.
The stand-alone pic is rumored to be shot in several locations including Mexico and set for a release on Dec. 16, 2016.
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