And The 'Star Wars' Spinoff's Female Lead Is...

– by LRM

It has been a hectic day on the Star Wars spinoff front. Earlier today, reports flooded the net that of last week's candidates, one had nabbed the role. But now The Hollywood Report says "Not so fast!"

THR claims to have the goods on who landed the part, and it is not Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany. The role has reportedly gone to Felicity Jones. She was thought to be a long shot due to scheduling conflicts, as she is going to be busy working on Ron Howard's Inferno for a while. But it looks like they worked everything out and that Jones will be taking a trip to that galaxy far, far away in time for it to arrive in theaters in December of 2016.

This is just the latest step up the ladder for Jones, who has been on the verge of super stardom for a while now. With a bit part in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 that was rumored to expand in future sequels as she evolved into Black Cat, and now her Oscar-nominated turn in The Theory of Everything, it was only a matter of time until she became a household name. Now, instead of getting there via Sony and Marvel, she'll be doing it as part of Disney/LucasFilm's ambitious Star Wars plans.

With their female lead seemingly locked up, the production is now turning its attention towards its lead male character. THR says that they're looking at Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul, and Venezuelan actor Edgar Ramirez for that role.

More as it develops.

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

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