“The Theory of Everything” actress Felicity Jones will play the female lead in the “Star Wars” stand-alone film, which is scheduled to release next year, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film is being directed by Gareth Edwards.
The Oscar-nominated actress is reportedly in talks to play the lead role, details of which are yet to be revealed. "Side Effects" actress Rooney Mara and "The Vow" star Tatiana Maslany were previously rumored to have been considered for the part.
Last week, Chris Weitz replaced “The Book of Eli” screenwriter Gary Whitta, who wrote the first draft of the film. Sources reportedly also said that “Breaking Bad” star Aaron Paul and Edgar Ramirez are among those being considered for the male lead in the film, which is set to release on Dec. 16, 2016.
Another “Star Wars” spinoff is reportedly in the works, and will be directed by “Chronicle” director Josh Trank. However, there has been no word on the storyline of the two films co-produced by Lucasfilm and Disney.
Meanwhile, fans are awaiting the release of the latest installment of the “Star Wars” franchise, “Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens,” which is set to release on Dec. 18. The movie is reportedly set 30 years after the events of "Return of the Jedi."
The film will feature original cast members Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, and will also have new cast members John Boyega and Adam Driver.